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07 August 2018

Announcing the winner of the BDS Members’ Raffle at this year's Game Fair at Ragley Hall

Congratulations to Richard Holden from Bath who is the lucky winner of the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme X50 Binoculars with ticket number 59.

All BDS members who showed their current membership card to staff on the BDS stand at The Game Fair last weekend were entered into the free draw, so thank you for taking part. For your chance to win next year don’t forget to visit our stand and bring your card along. We always look forward to seeing you.

30 July 2018

Just announced - two new DSC1 training course dates

19th October 2018 - DSC1 Chippenham, Cambridgeshire - Book now

8th December 2018 - DSC1 Epping, Essex - Book now

30 July 2018

Visit BDS at the Highland Field Sports Fair - Moy, 3-4 Aug - stand J14

Why not pay a visit to our stand to find out what the BDS Highlands Branch is up to and what membership we can offer you.

Also on our stand:

• Justin Prigmore – internationally renowned wildlife artist and local to Strathspey
• Neil McIntyre – award winning Highland wildlife photographer (Friday only)
• Expert advice and information packs about British wild deer, suitable for all ages
• R Macleod & Son of Tain, covering the latest and best in sporting optics
• Antler measuring – learn what it takes to qualify for aGold, Silver, Bronze medal
• Why not bid for Highland stalking lots covering:
  o Sika
  o Red deer hinds
  o Red deer stag
  o Bidding limited to Highland Field Sports Fairand will close on Saturday

24 July 2018

Introducing 'Digital Deer'

You can now get a flavour of the Deer journal online with the launch of Digital Deer, a web based magazine accessed via PC, laptop or smartphone. The flip-HTML publication will have quarterly updates to match with Deer journal and besides current news and articles will feature interesting material from past Deer journal issues.

Digital Deer provides a snapshot of the Deer journal aimed at stimulating interest in deer, their ecology and management amongst a much wider public audience. However, for the exclusive benefit of BDS members, the latest detailed research and technical features will still only be published in the full printed Deer journal.

To see our first digital edition visit

23 July 2018

Nearly time for The Game Fair, Ragley Hall 27-29 July 2018

The BDS team are very much looking forward to welcoming members and friends to The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire. Come and see us on stand A11 to talk about deer matters, education, our courses, membership and much more, including special membership offers.

Joining us this year will be wildlife artist Justin Prigmore who is developing a strong reputation for his powerful and inspirational portrayals of the natural world. Also with us will be the British Deer Farms and Parks Association to add to the interest. The BDS HQ team will be supported by volunteers from Midlands, Wales & The Marches helping to promote the Society.

23 July 2018

Glyn Ingram, BDS Deer Officer

With the appointment of Chris Brooks as the new Head of Training Development, Glyn Ingram now moves within the Society to the new role of Deer Officer. This is an exciting move for Glyn which will see him continuing to deliver training and educational initiatives throughout the UK. He will also be contributing to a number of new projects whilst being on hand to assist Branches and Members.

Glyn said: ‘Building on the success of the last couple of years, it is great to see my role developing within the BDS. There is so much good work to be done and I’m really looking forward to the new challenges.’

Glyn can be contacted via his new email address  or phone 07920 452448

02 July 2018

BDS appoints new Head of Training Development

BDS is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Brooks as its new Head of Training Development.

Chris who lives in Norfolk has worked in the deer industry for many years, formerly with the Deer Initiative and then for BASC as Deer Officer and Central England regional officer. Chris has worked as a trainer and DMQ assessor for the past ten years and brings much knowledge and experience to this new role. As well as wild deer, Chris has much experience with park and farmed deer and brings with him a lifelong passion for deer.

02 July 2018

BBC ordered to explain filming of raid on deer hunter's home

THE BBC has been questioned by a judge over the filming of a police raid at the home of an illegal deer hunter.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC demanded a written explanation of how the BBC came to be present during a search of Philip Cross’s address in South Wales. Cross, 37, was convicted in 2016 of illegally killing a deer at night along with Daniel Ravenscroft, 39, a former member of the Household Cavalry. Both men protested they were innocent, but Judge Lawrie, sitting with two magistrates, upheld the convictions. At Gloucester Crown Court Judge Lawrie expressed his concern that a BBC camera crew had attended when a search warrant was executed at Cross’s address.

Drawing parallels with the case of Sir Cliff Richard, the judge said: “We are not quite in rock star territory.” He said it was important that justice was a “proper process” and not “some form of entertainment”. Cross also failed to overturn a conviction for causing unnecessary suffering to a dog after he did not get follow-up treatment for a lurcher named Judge, which had a fractured leg. He was banned from owning animals for five years.

After imposing six-week jail terms suspended for 12 months on both men, the judge said of their offences against the Deer Act: “It is cruel, barbaric, inappropriate and against the law.” The case was part of a wider prosecution by the RSPCA, in which ringleader Graham Coombes, 42 of Bovey Tracy, Devon, was jailed for 20 weeks for offences against animals. As well as Coombes, Ravenscroft and Cross, eight other men were prosecuted. “What’s been going on here … is barbaric,” said the judge. “To give it the title ‘sport’ is offensive.” Both men were ordered to pay £1,500 in costs for bringing the failed appeals. A BBC spokesman said: “We have had no contact from the court about this matter, but if we do we will look into it and respond.”  The Daily Telegraph, July 31 2018