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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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    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

Solent-swimming Sika deer make Isle of Wight Conservation Group's survey

A new species of deer has been spotted on the Isle of Wight and they probably got here by swimming across the Solent, says a report by Isle of Wight Deer Conservation.

The Group’s 2017 survey found that while Muntjac deer were most commonly found on the Isle of Wight, Sika deer have also now been noted. 

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BBC Radio 4 Farming Today interviews BDS Technical Adviser 9.10.17

BBC Radio 4 Farming Today featured deer for a week commencing 9.10.17. BDS was given the Monday slot and Charles Smith-Jones talked to Farming Today’s Charlotte Smith about deer in the UK.

To hear more, listen 34 seconds into the programme’s beginning. Listen to programme

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BDS 2018 Calendar and Christmas cards available now


2018 BDS Calendar
Glorious images featuring British deer throughout the year. Practical, large format.

Perfect for presents, our exclusive BDS Calendars are £11.95 each including p&p.


2017 BDS Christmas Cards - On a Quiet Morning

Ian MacGillivray's wonderfully evocative winter painting of fallow deer in the snow.

£5.95 per pack of 10 including p&p.


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New Lyme disease risk areas

The South of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said some areas appear to have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease.

But the health body said data is incomplete as it called for a large study into the condition.

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Forthcoming Events

27 October - 29 October
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03 November - 05 November
DSC1 Bardwell, Suffolk
04 November - 05 November
DSC1 Cirencester,Gloucestershire
18 February - 18 February
DVC Humane Animal Dispatch Course
14 March - 16 March
Deer Management Course
13 April - 15 April
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