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    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.

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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.

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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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Latest News

Show Your Support - BDS AGM Weekend

British Deer Society 2019 AGM Weekend - 11th / 12th May 2019

You don't want to miss our upcoming AGM as its set to be both a fun and informative weekend hosted by our East Anglia branch.

Highlights include:

A visit to Euston Hall and gardens plus Meet Estate Stalker

Range day and Edgar Brothers display


Annual Dinner

Research updates, hot topics, and AGM

Over the weekend there will also be opportunities to hear from our Chairman Professor Rory Putman, Peter Green – BDS Hon. Veterinary Advisor and Dr Alistair Ward - BDS Scientific Advisor.

In addition, there will be an update on our new BDS app and a chance to try this out before its main launch later this year.

Come and join us!

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The Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry Hotel, 

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Defra Bovine TB badger cull and vaccination information update

DEFRA have released the latest UK results and information on the Bovine TB badger cull and vaccination covering 2018.

Results of 2018 supplementary badger culls:
Supplementary badger culling took place between June 2018 and January 2019 in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
The results of these operations can be found here:

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BDS Chairman Speaking at BASC Wales Open Evening

The British Deer Society chairman Professor Rory Putman will be speaking this month at the BASC Wales open evening on 28th March 2019.

The event is at The Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool between 7 pm and 10 pm and features four speakers with each guest speaker giving a short presentation before welcoming questions from the floor.


Ian Bell – Chief executive – The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
Professor Rory Putman – Chairman – The British Deer Society
Martyn Jones – Council member – The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
John Thornley OBE– Council member – The British Association for Shooting and Conservation


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Plant Daffodils and Daphnes to Stave Off Deer

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the findings from their new research on how to avoid deer damage in your garden.

Apparently, if you want to avoid deer eating your garden plants, swapping your geraniums for jasmine could be the answer. The RHS recently surveyed its members to understand which deer were most prevalent in gardens and their preferred plants for feeding on.

Members reported that roe deer were the most commonly sighted (65%), followed by Reeves’ muntjac (41%) and fallow deer (9%) and of the 185 popular plant species investigated they found deer were particularly fond of tulips, roses, and holly.

However, 85 plants were found to be less popular with deer and were defined as having less than a 20% chance of damage - these included Daffodils, Primula and Nerine.


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