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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:

Science & Research - We commission, fund and support research projects which improve our understanding of the biology of deer and their interactions with their environment, helping us to improve deer management. Read more about Science & Research

Education - BDS aims to provide a range of opportunities for the public to discover more about wild deer in the UK, to encourage an understanding and appreciation of them and their place within our natural landscape. Read more about Education

Training - Our range of nationally-recognised training courses in effective management of deer and their habitats help to improve the skills and expertise of practising deer managers. Read more about Training

Advocacy - Our technical experts advise government, government agencies and other public bodies on deer-related issues to ensure best practice in deer management. Read more about Advocacy

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.

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 (for those who subscribe), 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

Membership Options

1. Annual Membership only

Individual £60 (Direct debit) or £65 (credit/debit card, cheque or cash)             
Student £25
Family Membership £95 (Direct Debit) or £105 (credit/debit card, cheque or cash)
Corporate (businesses, societies & organisations) £160
Overseas £70
Life Life membership is closed to new members

Membership runs for one calendar year from the month of joining.  

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

2. Annual Membership PLUS Field Sports Insurance Package

Individual + worldwide insurance (excl USA/Canada)  £85 (Direct Debit) or £90 (credit/debit card or cheque) 
Student + worldwide insurance (excl USA/Canada) £50

NB. Membership PLUS Field Sports Insurance 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                             
Membership, insurance or change of address queries    T: 01425 655434  Option 2

  pdf View a full version of the BDS Field Sports Insurance Policy (605 KB)