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    The British Deer Society

    What do we do? - BDS promotes deer education, research and management best practice to ensure a healthy and sustainable deer population in balance with the environment; a key feature of the biodiversity of the UK landscape.

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    Our aim - BDS aims to be the go-to place for objective and unbiased information on the biology of deer and methods of deer management, humane treatment and control.

    Our aim
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    Research - BDS provides funding and support for high quality deer research to inform government(s), academia, trade organisations, members, the media and the public.

    Our research
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    Membership - BDS embraces a varied membership ranging from professional biologists, enthusiastic naturalists, keen photographers, wildlife artists and chefs to deer managers and stalkers. All are welcome.

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    Education - BDS aims to improve general education and understanding of all deer-related issues, through active engagement and access to high quality educational materials.

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    Training - We develop and deliver high quality training programmes to promote best practice in deer management.

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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 dinner auction now live!

You may not be at our London dinner but you can still help the Society by bidding for our online auction lots!

Some fabulous items are up for grabs including some superb stalking, salmon fishing, The Mousetrap theatre box, Magnums of Roederer champagne, delicious wine, charming holiday cottage, optics, sporting goods, amazing art and a stunning collector’s piece of a specially commissioned Emberleaf Garron knife with handle fashioned from 40,000 + year old mammoth tusk and blade of finest Damascus steel.

The lots will be online for 2 weeks closing on 21st November at the dinner itself. SO please do get bidding!

Bid here -

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Renewal of MoD Shooters Certification Cards

The National Rifle Association (NRA) have announced that, with effect from 01 Jan 2019, new arrangements for the issue of MoD Shooter Certification Cards (SCCs) to members of affiliated clubs will come into place. All current cards expire on 31 Dec 2018 and will be replaced by photo cards and the BDS will require a £25.00 fee to facilitate these. The new cards will be valid for one year and renewed annually.

All renewal applications for Shooter Certification Cards for 2019 must be received by BDS no later than the 10th December 2018. 

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Five steps motorists should take to avoid deer collisions this autumn

Changes to the clocks mean deer movement will coincide with peak commuting hours, increasing the likelihood of collisions.

Highways England, Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and The Deer Initiative Partnership have joined forces to warn motorists about the heightened risk of deer-vehicle collisions this autumn. They urge drivers to be more aware during this time of year and have issued some advice for motorists.

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Selling fast! Our latest Christmas Card and 2019 Calendar

Christmas Card - Fantastic value from this year’s top quality Christmas Card featuring award-winning artist Justin Prigmore’s powerful and inspirational oil painting of red stags in the winter snow. Packs of 10 with envelopes at £5.95 including P&P

2019 Calendar - Stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers feature in the A3 Wall Calendar. Practical, large month to view format, with space for important daily appointments. Seasonal diary dates included. Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm. Perfect for presents, our exclusive BDS calendars are  £11.95 each including p&p.


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Forthcoming Events

08 December - 10 December
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13 March - 15 March
Deer Management Course

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