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Platinum Jubilee Congratulations

This year Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first ever British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 at 25 years of age. 

The British Deer Society would like to congratulate Her Majesty on reaching this significant milestone and offer our thanks for seventy years of dedicated service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

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Steer Clear of Baby Deer!

A joint campaign is underway to inform members of the public about the need to give both pregnant or nursing deer and their young plenty of space when out enjoying the countryside.

Over the coming weeks, from mid-May to July, people may discover newly-born deer hidden in the grass or undergrowth and might mistakenly assume that they have been abandoned Please do not touch, disturb or move them as usually their mothers will not be far away.

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Be Tick Aware!

The risk of acquiring a tick bite increases during springtime, with peak times from April to June, meaning there is no better time to refresh your precautions and help spread the word on being tick aware.

The following guidance from the UK HAS can be used to reduce the chance of acquiring a tick bite.

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Your BDS Survey Needs Your Voice!

Have you added your voice to the “Your BDS Survey”?
If not then please make sure you do.

The survey is open to members and non-members. It only takes around three minutes to complete. When you do, you will be helping us ensure the BDS reflects what is important to you.

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Update on the Deer Distribution Survey 2022

The British Deer Society survey of deer species world normally be undertaken every five years but had been delayed due to the pandemic.

The survey is the only one of its kind to look at the distribution of our six deer species across the UK and compare the latest results against previous records of distribution. This provides vital information on the changing ranges of our deer populations.

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Facing the Future – BDS in 2022

The past two years have been extremely challenging. Throughout the pandemic, The British Deer Society (BDS) team has worked hard and been there for our members, the deer sector and the wider public. This has been a challenge but in a time of uncertainty, reduced income and rising inflation, we controlled our costs and delivered exceptional services and support.

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FSS Wild Game Guide

The Wild Game Guide (WGG) provides guidance for the Scottish wild game food sector, as well as enforcement officers, on the food hygiene legal requirements which apply to the hunting, processing and supply of wild game into the food chain.

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Warning of an increased risk of deer collisions as clocks go back

National Highways and the British Deer Society are warning drivers to be extra vigilant for deer on or near roads after the clocks go back this weekend.

There is a substantial increase in deer vehicle collisions from October to December. Poorer driving conditions and fewer hours of daylight, coupled with the annual breeding season (the rut) for red, sika & fallow deer make this a high-risk time of year.

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