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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

Bird flu detected in wild birds in Dorset

Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Dorset.   

It is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter, and tests have shown it is closely related to the H5N6 strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to the H5N6 strain which affected people in China last year and Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency have also offered reassurance that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. 

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BDS AGM

The BDS Society AGM & Conference will be taking place on 18-19 May in Edinburgh. 

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New DSC1 courses planned for April and June 18

The BDS has added some new dates for DSC1 courses to their training schedules in April and June 18 - Bardwell, Suffolk - 06/04/2018,  Laverstoke, Hampshire - 06/04/2018, Shrewsbury, Shropshire - 02/06/2018 

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Plans unveiled for 50 million tree new Northern Forest

The Woodland Trust and The Community Forest Trust plan to create an exciting new Northern Forest that will comprise over 50 million trees over 25 years and will stretch from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine, has received Government backing this morning.

The project will embrace the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull as well as major towns across the north. It will deliver major environmental, social and economic benefits that complement the significant growth, investment and new infrastructure that is planned for the north of England.

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Forthcoming Events

16 February - 18 February
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
14 March - 16 March
Deer Management Course
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Bardwell, Suffolk

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