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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.

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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.

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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

Now in stock 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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BDS vacancy - Digital Marketing Professional

We are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing Professional to be responsible for launching a new digital platform for all areas of outreach and to develop, implement, track and optimize our marketing campaigns across all digital channels. This is a management role within a dedicated team, reporting to the General Manager. You should have a passion for the welfare of deer and their natural habitat

You will have a strong grasp of current communications and media, marketing tools and strategies and be able to lead integrated digital marketing campaigns from concept to execution. The successful candidate will work with the General Manager and team to support the BDS and affiliate businesses to launch campaigns on time and on budget.

Position: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Closing date for applications is 5th October.  Interviews will be held on 24th October in either Swindon or Oxford (venue TBA).

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Muntjac Evening 21st September

BDS North East England branch will be hosting an informal discussion evening on Muntjac, kindly assisted by Graham Downing, Editor of Deer and author of Stalking Muntjac. Both BDS members and non-members are welcome on a first come first served basis.

The aim of the evening will be to help owners/occupiers and deer managers in the front line understand the ecology, behaviour, impact and management requirements of muntjac deer. Invited guests will include attendees from BASC and the Deer Initiative with Viking Arms providing a trade presence.

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Female gamekeeper in the north aims to inspire future generations

Megan Rowland, from Dornoch, is well on her way to a successful career as a land and deer manager in the north after becoming one of only three female approved witnesses for deer management qualifications in the UK, allowing her to mentor deer management trainees.

She said: “As part of my work as an ambassador for the British Deer Society and as a Lantra Scotland Industry Champion, I try to actively promote our industry to all young people, male and female. There’s nothing about this career that women can’t do. I also think it’s a good thing for the industry having a diverse range of people working in it, as we all bring different skills and perspectives". The Press and Journal 21.8.18

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Forthcoming Events

15 October - 17 October
Deer Management Course
19 October - 21 October
DSC1 Chippenham, Cambridgeshire
26 October - 28 October
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire
02 November - 04 November
DSC1 Bardwell, Suffolk
03 November - 04 November
DSC1 Cirencester, Gloucestershire
08 December - 10 December
DSC1 Epping, Essex

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