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29 January 2019

New DSC1 course dates for Sussex and Lincolnshire

May 2019
DSC1 Grantham, Lincolnshire - 10/05/2019

July 2019
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex - 12/07/2019

September 2019
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex - 27/09/2019

November 2019
DSC1 Grantham, Lincolnshire - 08/11/2019
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex - 29/11/2019

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24 January 2019

Head Measuring Opportunities with BDS, BASC & Sporting Rifle

We have a limited number of opportunities to welcome new Measurers to the team. Anyone interested must be available to attend a two-day training event on the 30th and 31st of March 2019 in Hampshire. You should be passionate about the subject, have a strong depth of knowledge and experience relating to the six UK deer species and be willing and able to attend events where the measuring service is offered, particularly over the summer show season.

Please send an expression of interest to Glyn Ingram by email to deerofficer@bds.org.uk giving details of your experience and reasons for applying.

21 January 2019

Great feedback from the 2018 Internet Auction

We were delighted to receive a note from a very happy gentleman called Paul from South Wales who won a couple of lots in our 2018 Internet Auction. He gave us some excellent feedback on the experience he had during 2 lots he had won:

“…just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the two auction lots that I secured in this year’s auction. The first was a day out with Rupert Shaw at Gledpark deer farm in Kirkcudbright (www.gledpark.co.uk) and the second a day’s accompanied stalk courtesy of Jack Cosgrove near West Calder. 

21 January 2019

BDS introduces new 'Family Membership'

In response to demand from members BDS has launched a new Family Membership category for 2 adults (each with full voting rights) and up to 3 children up to and including age 18 in full time education. A family can now take advantage of a reduced membership fee, and enjoy all the benefits of a BDS membership. Each family member is also eligible to purchase Field Sports Insurance for an additional £19 per person.

16 January 2019

BDS Branch AGM dates 2019

The local BDS branches will be holding their AGMS over the coming months, and all members are invited to attend. pdf View dates and locations (32 KB) .

For more information about the local BDS branches please view the local branch pages on the BDS website

07 January 2019

Game takes off on restaurant menus as 'flexitarian' diners discover wild side

Flexitarian millennials have given game sellers and chefs a record year, as they plump for ethical, wild meat over traditional cuts of chicken and beef.



Trendy London restaurants including Ottolenghi, Breddos Tacos and Bibendum have introduced quail and venison on their menus for the first time, and chefs say they are struggling to meet demand.

07 January 2019

Smart sonic fences are here to stop deer from becoming roadkill

Acoustic sensors alert wildlife when cars are near – saving hundreds of animals from getting hit on the road. As well as in Tasmania, the devices are also being trialled in the UK, with a number already installed on a stretch of the A513, in Cannock Chase.