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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

29th GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone 30 June, 1 & 2 July 2017

We’ll be there! Come and meet up with the British Deer Society team on Stand G22.

All the usual names will be ready to greet you, give technical advice and talk about deer issues. We look forward to meeting up with all our members old and new!

For more about the fair and what’s on visit

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BDS 2016 Annual Review now available

Click here to view and download the 2016 Annual Review

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Wake up to Lyme Campaign!

Join the BDS in support of the ‘Tick-borne
Illness Campaign Scotland,’ calling on the Scottish Government to raise awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses in Scotland.

To view and sign the petition, which closes on Wednesday 28 June 2017 follow the link:

By signing the live petition you are pledging your support to increase awareness of the diseases, by educating medical professionals on the symptoms, to aid better diagnosis and extended testing and to educate the public on the dangers of tick bites and how they can protect themselves.

More information on Lyme disease and the campaign

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National Deer Management Conference - 8th Sept 2017

Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa

Featuring key industry expert speakers on current issues affecting deer management.

Organised by BASC, BDS and The Deer Initiative.

Call 01244 573019 to book

More information

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Forthcoming Events

21 July - 23 July
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
18 September - 20 September
Deer Management Course
22 September - 24 September
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24 September
DVC Humane Animal Dispatch Course
08 October - 10 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
27 October - 29 October
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex

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