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The British Deer Society [BDS] is a charity that operates throughout the UK dedicated to educating and inspiring everyone about deer.

Through our education and research, we raise awareness about wild deer and the issues surrounding them. We provide training to actively ensure deer can be managed humanely and safely to the very highest of standards.

We want to ensure wild deer in the UK are respected and valued while being kept healthy and at sustainable numbers, so they can benefit biodiversity and the wider environment. 

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BDS is a charity that operates throughout the UK dedicated to educating and inspiring everyone about deer and the environments they live in.
BDS aims to provide a range of opportunities for people to discover more about wild deer in the UK, to encourage an understanding and appreciation of them and their place within our natural landscape
The British Deer Society remains at the forefront of training initiatives and course development and delivery throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 
The British Deer Society remains at the forefront of training initiatives and course development and delivery throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 
Our website includes a stunning selection of deer images – mostly taken by BDS members and others provided by kind permission of their owners for educational use. We have annual photography competitions which are free to enter.

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The British Deer Society - Official

The only charity dedicated to UK wild deer, working to educate and inspire everyone about deer in their environment and to advocate for deer welfare.
The British Deer Society - Official
The British Deer Society - Official23 hours ago
#DeerSpeciesSpotlight : Fallow Deer
During breeding season fallow bucks may form stands or leks, which are areas where small territories are defended close to those of competitors. Does then choose a mate based on its ability to defend the site from rivals.

#FallowDeer #DeerSpecies #WildlifeFacts #AnimalBehavior #AnimalMating
The British Deer Society - Official
The British Deer Society - Official2 days ago
New research supported by The British Deer Society commitment to science and research with additional assistance from BDS members providing samples has shed light on the tick hazards in the South Downs National Park (SDNP), the UK's most visited national park.

📝 Key Findings:
- Tick Species Identified: Ixodes ricinus, Haemaphysalis punctata, and more.
- High-Risk Areas: Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Cowdray Estate, Seven Sisters Country Park, and Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve.
- Habitats: Woodland areas pose a significantly greater risk, but ticks are present in all habitat types across the park.
- Seasonal Trends: Nymphs are most common in spring, larvae in late summer and early autumn.

🔍 What This Means:
Mapping shows a widespread tick hazard across SDNP. While Ixodes ricinus is the most common, the apparent range expansion of Haemaphysalis punctata is particularly concerning.

🛡️ Recommendations:
- Targeted Management: Focus on small, heavily visited high-hazard plots.
- Precaution Signage: Post-visit precautionary signs at all key locations.
- Protective Clothing: Use repellent-impregnated clothing for deerstalkers.
- Flock Trials: Control measures for Haemaphysalis punctata in specific sites.

📅 Published: 12 June 2024

Read the full study and peer reviews for more in-depth information: https://peerj.com/articles/17483/

#SouthDownsNP #TickHazard #LymeDisease #Ecology #PublicHealth #TheBritishDeerSociety #TickAwareness #NatureSafety #WildlifeResearch #TickPrevention #OutdoorSafety #TickControl #PublicHealthUK

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