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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.

    What do we do?
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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.

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

    Our training
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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

Feedback from a recent DSC1 course attendee

"Just want to say a big thank you for the DSC1 course last weekend, all the help and assistance but more importantly for making it so enjoyable and informative. I really learned a lot during the course and it was well presented. Will definitely advocate your services to anyone who wants to take up the course." View course details

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A BDS membership – an ideal Christmas present

Thinking of what to buy someone interested in deer? Why not treat them to a year's BDS membership for just £62.

BDS membership includes:
• A copy of our quarterly glossy journal, ‘Deer’, packed with interesting articles and information
• Membership of a local BDS branch offering talks, demonstrations, advice and range days
• Use of a BDS rifle on our DSC1 courses held throughout the year
• Regular deer news in our ‘Deerbytes’ e-newsletter (for those who subscribe), our website, Facebook and Twitter
• The chance to join specialist interests such as photography and research
• The chance to participate in prize draws and internet auctions
• The option to buy Field Sports Insurance for your own recreational and countryside pursuits

The membership pack can be sent to you to present personally or can be sent directly to the recipient.

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Photographing deer - Code of Conduct

It is really great to see wildlife photography gaining interest but equally important to recognise the need to respect the subject and its welfare. Following autumn press reports of people approaching park deer too closely during the rut, so endangering not only their own health but disturbing the animals’ rutting behaviour, BDS has put together a Code of Conduct focusing on best practice for wildlife photography. With Christmas imminent and no doubt new cameras about to be gifted, we hope this will be helpful to budding photographers! View code of Conduct

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BDS 2019 Calendar - selling fast!

Exclusive BDS Calendar featuring stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers in an 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 Christmas present
• £11.95 each including P&P (UK only)


Purchase online or complete and return the application form.

 

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Forthcoming Events

13 March - 15 March
Deer Management Course
16 March - 18 April
DSC1 Altyre, Morayshire
05 April - 07 April
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Carlisle,Cumbria
12 April - 14 April
DSC1 Padstow, Cornwall

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