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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.

    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.

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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

Two new Deer Management Course dates announced

October 2018 - Deer Management Course, Hampshire - 15/10/2018 - Book now!

March 2019 - Deer Management Course, Morayshire - 13/03/2019 - Book now!

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Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) online - a fast-track aid to DSC1

• Need to fast track your revision progress before taking a DSC1 assessment?
• Short on time?
• Or just wanting to prepare for DSC1 at your own pace?

Access to online training at a time to suit you just couldn’t be easier.

• Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) provides comprehensive information on all 5 assessments
• 19 interactive quizzes and 5 deer ID tests can be repeated until you are answering correctly and with confidence
• UDD is also a brilliant resource for anyone needing to increase their knowledge of British deer and their management

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Presentation at Moy

Society President Sir Michael Strang-Steel presented Philip Mackenzie with a silver stag statuette on behalf of the Society at the recent Highland Fieldsports Fair, Moy. Philip had served as a Trustee Director on the Board and acted as BDS Treasurer for eight years before standing down at the AGM in May.

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Announcing the winner of the BDS Members’ Raffle at this year's Game Fair at Ragley Hall

Congratulations to Richard Holden from Bath who is the lucky winner of the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme X50 Binoculars with ticket number 59.

All BDS members who showed their current membership card to staff on the BDS stand at The Game Fair last weekend were entered into the free draw, so thank you for taking part. For your chance to win next year don’t forget to visit our stand and bring your card along. We always look forward to seeing you.

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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
15 October - 17 October
Deer Management Course

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