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    Deer Welfare - Ensuring deer stay healthy, have appropriate habitat and are well managed is key to their sustainable future. BDS is the principal organisation focusing throughout the UK on deer welfare and promoting their conservation in balance with the environment.

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    Science & Research - A key part of BDS work is supporting scientific study and research with focus on welfare, diseases and the relationship between deer, man and the environment.

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    Training - BDS has been training deer stalkers and managers for over 30 years in effective deer stalking, humane culling and management encouraging best practice for the welfare of the deer.

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    Membership - Become a member of the BDS, join people with wide-ranging deer interests and help us safeguard the future of wild deer in the UK.

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    Fundraising - Meeting our educational and research objectives, and delivering our campaign messages costs money. BDS is continually looking at new fundraising opportunities and ways to maximise our existing ones.

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Latest News

British Deer Society AGM Weekend - 13/14 May 2017

The Society will be holding its annual weekend meeting on 13/14 May 2017 at the five-star luxury spa and golf Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, located in the beautiful Usk Valley within 2000 acres of parkland. 

We have been given excellent accommodation rates at the resort including full English breakfast and we anticipate a really great weekend.

Saturday will revolve around a series of seminars on BDS work and a gourmet venison master class, and the AGM will take place on the Sunday.

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Invasive Chinese deer species needs to be eradicated, says MLA (Members of the NI Assembly)

Urgent action has been sought to eradicate a fast-breeding and evasive species of Chinese deer that threatens to eat Northern Ireland “out of house and home”. Over 100 sightings of the Reeves Muntjac deer have been reported – primarily in the Ards Peninsula – prompting DUP Assemblyman Jim Wells to call for the removal of this dangerous species before it gets out of control. Newsletter 5.1.17

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Poaching fears after skinned deer discovered in Horsham

Fears have been raised that poachers may be operating in Horsham following the horrific discovery of a skinned deer. Police said they had been investigating suspected poaching near Hammerpond Road over the last four weeks. Officers found a skinned fallow deer with twine attached to its left leg in a field off the road last week. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference 1124 03/01. West Sussex County Times, 11.1.17 

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Firearm and Shotgun certificate renewals and change of address - a reminder to members

We have had reports from the police of cases where FAC and SGC holders have lapsed into unlawful possession, either through forgetting to renew, or through moving house and forgetting to advise the police. Not only does this place the certificate holder in illegal possession of firearms, but ties up police time chasing up and even tracing them. This is unhelpful to the shooting community as a whole, as well as your Society. The Police's time is better spent dealing with grants, renewals and variations.
Please ensure you do not fall into this situation! If you have questions or concerns we are here to help.

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Forthcoming Events

04 March - 06 March
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15 March - 17 March
BDS Deer Management Course
24 March - 26 March
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21 April - 23 April
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