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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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    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

Irish Deer Commission Launches Deer Poaching Campaign

Campaign Targets the illegal Killing of Wild Deer. 

The Irish Deer Commission (IDC) supported by Government Agencies and key Stakeholder Groups have launched a campaign to help create awareness of the significant increase in Wildlife Crime in Ireland, focusing on the illegal killing of wild deer and Deer Poaching.

The campaign titled “Keep Deer Poaching in Sight” was developed by the Irish Deer Commission with the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, An Garda Síochána, Coillte Teo, National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), Countryside Alliance Ireland, British Deer Society and the Deer Alliance to increase awareness among the general public and in particular those who live in our rural communities or those who use our countryside for recreational activities such as walkers and hunters.

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New Permanent Deer Warning Signs in the New Forest

DS Wessex Branch Chair and Trustee Director Dorothy Ireland represents BDS as part of the Animal Accident Reduction Group in New Forest’s National Park area.

The group includes members from the Forestry Commission, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, The Verderers, Agisters, Commoners and many more, all with one thing in common to try and stop the road accidents with animals.

This summer after a great deal of campaigning with Hampshire County Council’s road management, Dorothy has succeeded in having some permanent deer warning signs put up on a stretch of the A35 near to Lyndhurst. The area is a hot spot for red and fallow crossing.

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Best Practice Carcass Handling Event Success

On Saturday 7th September 2019 The Deer Initiative held a successful Carcass Handling Best Practice training event at Pry Rigg near Sutton Bank in Yorkshire, offering delegates the opportunity to develop techniques and maintain standards to ensure quality venison is produced from all culled wild deer.

Forestry England kindly provided their larder and two highly trained members of staff, Nigel Foster a Wildlife Manager and Arman Siddiqui, Wildlife Beat Ranger for the area. Nigel and Arman demonstrated the various aspects of lardering a deer, along with techniques for extracting deer from different locations using a range of equipment. 

Photo by Alastair Boston

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New Report Suggest Wildlife Warning Reflectors May Not Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions

"Wildlife reflectors do not alter the behavior of ungulates to reduce risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions" finds EJWR paper.

Collisions of vehicles with wildlife pose a serious risk to humans and animals, causing great financial and ecological damage each year.

While various mitigation measures have been developed, only a few are economically and logistically feasible. Among these, wildlife warning reflectors arguably enjoy the greatest popularity, although recent studies have shown that they have no long-term impact on wildlife-vehicle collisions or on the behavior of animals along roads.

The EJWR study reports that ungulates were more likely to leave the roadside area with reflectors present. However, this effect only lasted 16.5 days and did not influence the risk of a collision with a vehicle.

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Forthcoming Events

27 September - 27 September
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
28 September - 29 September
South Yorkshire Shooting Show & Game Fair (Yorkshire)
Doncaster Exhibition Centre @ Doncaster Racecourse
05 October - 06 October
Autumn Show & Game Fair 2019 (Sussex)
South of England Showground, Selsfield Rd, Haywards Heath RH17 6TH
14 October - 16 October
Deer Management Course
26 October - 28 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
30 October - 30 October
Harewood Deer Park Safari (Yorkshire)
Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG

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