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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

Edgar Brothers Sponsor the BDS training team

Edgar Brothers Director Lisa Riley was on the
BDS stand at the Game Fair at Hatfield recently to hand over to a delighted BDS Training Manager, Glyn Ingram, the first of six new Savage 16FCSS Weather Warrior Rifles complete with Bushnell Elite 6500 scope, Macctecc moderator and Hornady ammunition. The rifles are part of a new three year sponsorship package recently agreed with the company continuing Edgar Brothers’ longstanding relationship with the BDS. The rifles will be used by the BDS training team on DSC1 courses. 8.8.17

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Game Fair BDS Members' Draw - the winning ticket is...

Thank you to all of you who visited our stand and supported us at The Game Fair in Hatfield last weekend.

All members who presented their membership card were entered into the Raffle to win a Genzo Swedish Butcher Knife Set. The draw has taken place, and we are delighted to announce that the winner was member Geoff Siddons with ticket Number 71. 8.8.17

Photo: Annie Nadin, BDS, Membership Secretary, with Mike Handley, National Trust Ranger, who drew the winning ticket

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Muntjac deer freed from Moor Mill Beefeater waterwheel

A muntjac deer had to be rescued after it got stuck in the wheel of a watermill inside a restaurant. The small doe got trapped between two paddles on the traditional feature at the Moor Mill Beefeater in Bricket Wood, St Albans.

It was freed by the RSPCA which said the frightened animal most likely fell into the river outside. Kate Wright, who rescued the deer, said: "It was quite a sight for the diners having their lunch." BBC News, Beds, Herts & Bucks 4.8.17

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CountryFile Live

BDS attended CountryFile Live at Blenheim recently, sharing a marquee in the Gamekeeping and Conservation Area with the NGO, GWCT, Sparsholt College, Yorkshire Moorland Association, Bright Seeds, UK Deer Track and Recovery, and Hampshire Game, with butchery, sausage making and cookery demonstrations by chef Tim Maddams.The event attracted town and urban folk plus lots of young who were genuinely interested in learning more about what makes the countryside tick. 8.8.17

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Forthcoming Events

18 September - 20 September
Deer Management Course
22 September - 24 September
DSC1 Bideford.Devon
05 October - 07 October
DSC1 Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh
08 October - 10 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria

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