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    The British Deer Society

    Deer are beautiful creatures and an important part of our natural heritage. Including our largest wild mammal, six species live wild in the UK and are an integral part of our landscape. However their very success can put them in conflict with people, the environment and other animals. Ensuring that deer stay healthy, have appropriate habitat and are well managed is key to a sustainable future. The British Deer Society (BDS) is a charity and the principal organisation focusing on deer welfare and promoting their conservation in balance with the environment.

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    The British Deer Society

    Whether you enjoy deer watching, stalking, photography or make your living from deer-related activity, this website will help you to learn about British wild deer. It is full of information, pictures, news and views on just every deer-related topic, and you can book courses and buy books, DVDs and equipment online.

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Latest News

BDS Training and Mentoring Scheme

The Society is pleased to announce that it has recently taken on a 5 year lease to manage deer within Swinley Forest, which is a 3,000 acre woodland area managed by the Crown Estate, the Society is able to offer BDS members one-to-one individual training in all aspects of stalking, shooting deer, gralloching, transportation and larder-work.

Latest BDS Management Course

A group of 15 candidates on this weekend's BDS Deer Management Course at Bardwell in Suffolk

Deer Urine Lure survey July 2015

The British Deer Society would like to thank all members of the Society and of BASC who engaged in the recent survey into the usage of deer urine lures.

Intrasexual selection drives sensitivity to pitch, formants

During the deer's breeding season, or rut, the researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and ETH Zürich, played male fallow deer (bucks) in Petworth Park in West Sussex, a variety of different calls that had been digitally manipulated to change the pitch and length and analysed their responses.

Forthcoming Events

09 October - 11 October
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23 October - 25 October
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14 November - 15 November
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