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    The British Deer Society

    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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    How can you help us? - Help BDS continue its education and research programme. Secure the future of wild deer in the UK by becoming a member, making a donation, or purchasing from our shop. Thank you for your support.

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Latest News

BDS London Fundraiser - a great success!

A fantastic time was had on the evening of Wednesday 8th November at the BDS London Dinner when in excess of £50,000 was raised from the Live and Silent Auction, draw ticket sales and pledges in aid of BDS research and education.

Very many thanks are due to our extremely generous sponsors Knight Frank and to everyone who made it possible by helping with the organisation or by giving lots – there were with some especially great items from Rigby, Swarovski, Celtic Manor Resort, Knight Frank and a number of private donors. And of course not forgetting huge thanks to all participants who “dug deep” before and on the night to buy the goods!

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New DCS1 Course announced in Northern Ireland

DSC1 Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh,
Northern Ireland - 22/06/2018

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Great British Game Week 20-26th November

Great British Game Week is back larger than ever before in its fourth successive year, highlighting everything that is fantastic and British about wild game.

The awareness week seeks to promote wild game to over 1 million people throughout the week and The Deer Initiative request your help in completing this challenge. Whilst the Countryside Alliance will be promoting wild game to new, larger markets, they wish to see their members and supporters spreading the word at the local level. If each member and supporter of shooting were to introduce one friend to wild game throughout the week it would give the market a substantial boost.

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BDS 2018 Calendar and Christmas cards available now


2018 BDS Calendar
Glorious images featuring British deer throughout the year. Practical, large format.

Perfect for presents, our exclusive BDS Calendars are £11.95 each including p&p (within UK).


2017 BDS Christmas Cards - On a Quiet Morning

Ian MacGillivray's wonderfully evocative winter painting of fallow deer in the snow.

£5.95 per pack of 10 including p&p (within UK).


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Forthcoming Events

16 February - 18 February
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
14 March - 16 March
Deer Management Course
13 April - 15 April
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