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The BDS aims to be the leading UK source of objective and unbiased information on the biology of deer and methods of deer management, humane treatment and control.

How do we do this?

  • Supporting and funding academic research about deer and their relationship with the habitats they occupy.
  • Providing high quality education and training – acknowledging that wild deer must be managed appropriately, humanely and according to best practice if they are to remain in balance with their environment.
  • Promoting & Improving awareness, education and understanding of deer and deer related issues.
  • Advising government and key public bodies on deer-related issues –  ensuring that politicians and decision makers have evidence and advice based on practical and factual information.
  • Campaigning on a range of deer welfare and sustainability issues working closely with other countryside and animal welfare organisations.
  • Lobbying for a valued thriving and sustainable wild deer population.
  • Publishing Deer, the only UK journal devoted solely to deer.

As a membership organisation, BDS supports regional branches across the UK which provide a lively forum for those who are interested in deer, offering local events and activities for deer enthusiasts.

BDS is a charity registered in England & Wales (no. 1069663) and in Scotland (no. SCO37817). We have over 6,000 members and supporters, sixteen regional branches and employ a team of full-time staff at our headquarters in Fordingbridge in Hampshire. Our work is guided by a Board of Trustees/Directors, who bring a wide range of deer-related expertise to the governance of the charity, and is directed by a management team made up of professional staff and Trustees.

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