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03 December 2018

A BDS membership – an ideal Christmas present

Thinking of what to buy someone interested in deer? Why not treat them to a year's BDS membership for just £62.

BDS membership includes:
• 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
• Use of a rifle on any of our courses held throughout the year
• 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

The membership pack can be sent to you to present personally or can be sent directly to the recipient.

More information


03 December 2018

BDS 2019 Calendar - selling fast!

Exclusive BDS Calendar featuring stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers in an A3 Wall Calendar.

• Practical, large month-to-view format, with space for important daily appointments
• Seasonal diary dates included
• Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm
• Perfect Christmas present
• £11.95 each including P&P (UK only)

Purchase online or complete and return the application form.


03 December 2018

Increased risk of African Swine Fever being introduced to the UK: Important advice for all hunters

Following a significant increase in the number of cases of ASF, a disease of pigs, in Eastern Europe, and recent western spread to Belgium, the risk of an introduction of this disease to the UK has increased and is causing concern.

Although the disease does not affect humans and there is no food safety risk associated with meat, ASF is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs.

Everyone travelling to the continent for hunting and shooting or similarly organising these activities in the UK needs to take several precautions to reduce the risk of ASF entering the UK.

  pdf View precautions for hunters (146 KB)

  pdf View the letter from the Chief Veterinary Officer UK (192 KB)