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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

Advice, Awareness & Campaigning – The British Deer Society encourages an understanding and appreciation of wild deer and their place within our natural landscape. We provide advice and information as well as actively campaign on important issues, Read more about Campaigns

Training – Our range of nationally recognised training courses in the sustainable 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 and includes academics, keepers, conservationists, deer managers, scientists, wildlife enthusiasts, artists and photographers.

BDS members receive: 

  • A copy of our quarterly magazine, Deer, packed with articles and information from the experts.
    View a taster version by reading Digital Deer
  • Optional membership of one or more local BDS branches offering talks, demonstrations, support, advice, and activity days.
  • Chance to take part in surveys and research.
  • Opportunity to enter our members’ photo competitions.
  • Opportunity to join our members’ training and mentoring scheme.
  • The chance to participate in prize draws and internet auctions.

The British Deer Society also produce a regular free email newsletter called ‘Deerbytes’ which members are encouraged to subscribe to. Members can also find regular news, events and updates on our website and social media channels.

Annual Membership

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

For Membership enquiries call the Membership Secretary on 01425 655434 Option 2, or email

You can also buy membership in our online Shop. Click the button, or choose your preferred membership type below.

Direct Debit – You can choose to pay for your BDS membership via an annual direct debit. To set-up your direct debit please contact Membership on 01425 655434.

Members Field Sports Insurance

The British Deer Society has taken the decision to discontinue offering its BDS RD Field Sports Public Liability insurance package. The scheme has been running for 25 years via the Society’s trading company, BDS (Sales & Services) Ltd and is purchased by some of BDS’s stalker members. However ever-increasing costs within the insurance market make it no longer viable or practical for the Society to continue to offer this product.  

We are now working with a third-party provider who is able to offer our members competitive annual insurance from £32.95.

For more information please call 01425 655434 Option 2, or email

For members who still have existing cover under our field sports insurance this 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

View a full version of the 2020/2021 BDS Field Sports Policy below

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