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26 September 2018

'Wild Deer and their Management In Britain: Burden or Benefit?' Lecture by BDS Chairman, Rory Putman - 12th October 2018, Newcastle

BDS Chairman, Rory Putman, will be giving a lecture on 'Wild Deer and their Management In Britain: Burden or Benefit?' to the Natural History Society of Northumbria on 12th October at 7.00 pm.

The lecture is open to everyone, so BDS members are warmly welcomed but they are asked to make a donation (£3 minimum suggested). The event will be held in Lecture theatre 1.65 in the Ridley Building 2 within the Newcastle University campus [just off Claremont Road]. Seats are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. There is a car park just outside the lecture theatre but if that is full then there is a municipal car park on the other side of the road.

13 September 2018

BDS vacancy - Digital Marketing Professional

We are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing Professional to be responsible for launching a new digital platform for all areas of outreach and to develop, implement, track and optimize our marketing campaigns across all digital channels. This is a management role within a dedicated team, reporting to the General Manager. You should have a passion for the welfare of deer and their natural habitat

You will have a strong grasp of current communications and media, marketing tools and strategies and be able to lead integrated digital marketing campaigns from concept to execution. The successful candidate will work with the General Manager and team to support the BDS and affiliate businesses to launch campaigns on time and on budget.

Position: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Closing date for applications is 5th October.  Interviews will be held on 24th October in either Swindon or Oxford (venue TBA).

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28 August 2018

Female gamekeeper in the north aims to inspire future generations

Megan Rowland, from Dornoch, is well on her way to a successful career as a land and deer manager in the north after becoming one of only three female approved witnesses for deer management qualifications in the UK, allowing her to mentor deer management trainees.

She said: “As part of my work as an ambassador for the British Deer Society and as a Lantra Scotland Industry Champion, I try to actively promote our industry to all young people, male and female. There’s nothing about this career that women can’t do. I also think it’s a good thing for the industry having a diverse range of people working in it, as we all bring different skills and perspectives". The Press and Journal 21.8.18

20 August 2018


Ten BDS DSC1 Courses are listed and available before Christmas plus a Deer Management Course for Northants and another next March in Hampshire.

Have you enrolled yet or do you know someone who should?

Read about all our courses

20 August 2018

Forestry Commission vacancy for Wildlife Ranger

Location: Dumfries and Borders Forest District,
South Scotland. Closing date: 2 Sep 2018

15 August 2018

Two new Deer Management Course dates announced

October 2018 - Deer Management Course, Hampshire - 15/10/2018 - Book now!

March 2019 - Deer Management Course, Morayshire - 13/03/2019 - Book now!

View all BDS training course dates

15 August 2018

Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) online - a fast-track aid to DSC1

• Need to fast track your revision progress before taking a DSC1 assessment?
• Short on time?
• Or just wanting to prepare for DSC1 at your own pace?

Access to online training at a time to suit you just couldn’t be easier.

• Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) provides comprehensive information on all 5 assessments
• 19 interactive quizzes and 5 deer ID tests can be repeated until you are answering correctly and with confidence
• UDD is also a brilliant resource for anyone needing to increase their knowledge of British deer and their management

15 August 2018

Presentation at Moy

Society President Sir Michael Strang-Steel presented Philip Mackenzie with a silver stag statuette on behalf of the Society at the recent Highland Fieldsports Fair, Moy. Philip had served as a Trustee Director on the Board and acted as BDS Treasurer for eight years before standing down at the AGM in May.