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Join the British Deer Society and help secure the future of wild deer in the UK

Your subscription will help fund:

Research - we commission, fund and support research projects that help us understand the deer population and how we can improve its welfare, health and management

Training - our range of nationally recognised training courses in effective deer management are run by a team of accredited experts and knowledgeable instructors

Education – we offer high quality education, advice and guidance to promote deer conservation to the wider public, and campaign on a wide range of deer welfare issues

Advocacy – our technical experts advise government and public bodies on deer-related issues, to ensure deer welfare

Membership Options

1. Annual Membership only

Adult £57 (Direct debit) or £62 (credit/debit card, cheque or cash)             
Student £22
Corporate (businesses, societies & organisations) £155
Overseas £65
Life (under 60 yrs) £1,200 (single payment or five annual £240 instalments)
Life (60 and over) £1,000 (single payment or five annual £200 instalments)

Click on above links to apply online, or call the Membership Secretary on 01425 655434 Option 2, or email

2. Annual Membership PLUS Field Sports Insurance Package

Adult+ worldwide insurance (excl USA/Canada)        £76 (Direct Debit) or £81 (credit/debit card or cheque) 
Student + worldwide insurance (excl USA/Canada)       £41

NB. Membership PLUS cannot be purchased online. Please call 01425 655434 Option 2, or email

Insurance covers:

  • £10m public liability cover and £10m of product liability cover
  • Activities covered include: deer stalking and management, wildfowling, wild boar hunting, vermin and pest control, indoor shooting, fishing, game shooting, clay pigeon shooting and target shooting

Read more about Annual Membership PLUS Field Sports Insurance                             
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Membership queries    T: 01425 655434  Option 2

As a BDS member you will receive: 

  • A copy of our quarterly glossy journal, ‘Deer’, packed with interesting articles and information
  • Membership of a local BDS branch offering talks, demonstrations, advice and range days
  • Regular deer news in our ‘Deerbytes’ e-newsletter, our website, Facebook and Twitter
  • The chance to join specialist interests such as photography and research
  • The chance to participate in regular prize draws and internet auctions
  • The option to buy Field Sports Insurance for your own recreational and countryside pursuits

Our members

Over 6,000 people from all walks of life are already members and supporters of the British Deer Society. They are united by their passion for wild deer and the desire to safeguard the future of these iconic creatures.

Membership is open to all from academics to zoo keepers, and includes conservationists, stalkers, scientists, deer watchers, artists and photographers.

Membership (with the exception of Life Membership) runs for one calendar year from the month of joining.