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    What do we do? - BDS promotes deer education, research and management best practice to ensure a healthy and sustainable deer population in balance with the environment; a key feature of the biodiversity of the UK landscape.

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    Our aim - BDS aims to be the go-to place for objective and unbiased information on the biology of deer and methods of deer management, humane treatment and control.

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    Research - BDS provides funding and support for high quality deer research to inform government(s), academia, trade organisations, members, the media and the public.

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    Membership - BDS embraces a varied membership ranging from professional biologists, enthusiastic naturalists, keen photographers, wildlife artists and chefs to deer managers and stalkers. All are welcome.

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    Education - BDS aims to improve general education and understanding of all deer-related issues, through active engagement and access to high quality educational materials.

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    Training - We develop and deliver high quality training programmes to promote best practice in deer management.

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    How can you help us? - Help BDS continue its education and research programme. Secure the future of wild deer in the UK by becoming a member, making a donation, or purchasing from our shop. Thank you for your support.

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Latest News

Deer Traps Found in Levenmouth Popular Walking Area

The Courier reported on 16 April that a local dog walker has discovered a makeshift deer traps while walking in an area known as The Dam near the river Leven.

The traps were made from barbed wire, wood and metal tied to trees, one of which the walker was able to dismantle although he experienced several injuries to his arms in the process. In addition, people in the local area have been warned to be on the alert for similar devices.

Fife's Safer Communities team have been asked to investigate after a number of residents raised concerns.

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Show Your Support - BDS AGM Weekend

British Deer Society 2019 AGM Weekend - 11th / 12th May 2019

You don't want to miss our upcoming AGM as its set to be both a fun and informative weekend hosted by our East Anglia branch.

Highlights include:

A visit to Euston Hall and gardens plus Meet Estate Stalker

Range day and Edgar Brothers display


Annual Dinner

Research updates, hot topics, and AGM

Over the weekend there will also be opportunities to hear from our Chairman Professor Rory Putman, Peter Green – BDS Hon. Veterinary Advisor and Dr Alistair Ward - BDS Scientific Advisor.

In addition, there will be an update on our new BDS app and a chance to try this out before its main launch later this year.

Come and join us!

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The Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry Hotel, 

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Open Letter Sent to Residents after Greyhounds Spotted Chasing Deer

An open letter has been sent to the residents of a Buckshaw housing development by Residential Management Group (RMG) after greyhounds had been spotted chasing wild deer in a woodland area of Buckshaw Village.

The letter states that the incident was being investigated and anyone found responsible would be duly reported.

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Deer Management in Scotland - Lowland Deer Reports Published

Latest Lowland Deer Reports Published

The Lowland Deer (Section 4) Panel report.
This includes seven recommendations for SNH to consider. SNH will consider the report and recommendations in the round, rather than taking the Panel’s work in isolation, and we will, therefore, respond fully to the Panel’s report later this year.

The Lowland Deer Management: assessing the delivery of public interests report,
This report was compiled by SRUC to better understand approaches to Lowland Deer management. The report is an important first step to build a complete picture of how deer are managed in lowland Scotland, including vital information on deer numbers, deer impacts on agriculture and forestry, and deer-vehicle collisions.

A second phase of this project is currently being taken forward.

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Forthcoming Events

25 April -
Suffolk School Farm and Country Fair
Trinity Park
26 April - 28 April
DSC1 Chippenham, Cambs
27 April - 28 April
East Anglian Game & Country Fair
Euston Estate near Thetford
05 May - 06 May
Broadlands Country Show
Broadlands Estate, Romsey
11 May - 12 May
The Northern Shooting Show
Yorkshire Event Centre

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