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    The British Deer Society

    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

BDS appoints new Head of Training Development

BDS is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Brooks as its new Head of Training Development.

Chris who lives in Norfolk has worked in the deer industry for many years, formerly with the Deer Initiative and then for BASC as Deer Officer and Central England regional officer. Chris has worked as a trainer and DMQ assessor for the past ten years and brings much knowledge and experience to this new role. As well as wild deer, Chris has much experience with park and farmed deer and brings with him a lifelong passion for deer.

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New BDS DSC1 training course date announced

A new date has been announced this September for a DSC1 course in Yorkshire:

DSC1 Askham Bryan, Yorkshire - 14/09/2018

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Visit BDS at some country shows this summer

BDS will be attending a number of shows this summer so please do come and say hello, and hear all about the activities of the BDS local branches.

24-26 July - New Forest Show, New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

27-29 July - The Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

2-4 Aug - BBC Countryfile Live, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

3-4 Aug - Highland Field Sports Fair - Moy, Inverness

5-6 Aug - Turriff Show, Aberdeenshire

18/19 Aug - Galloway Copuntry Fair, Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway

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More news from Royal Cornwall Show Princes Countryside Parade

The Prince of Wales’s lifelong contribution to rural life was celebrated in the Countryside Parade which comprised of 58 of HRH’s rural patronages including The British Deer Society’s South West England Branch, seen here.

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Forthcoming Events

25 August - 27 August
DSC1 Shrewsbury, Shropshire
05 September - 07 September
Deer Management Course
14 September - 16 September
DSC1 Bideford, Devon
14 September - 16 September
DSC1 Askham Bryan, Yorkshire
07 October - 09 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria

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