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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

BDS Range Activities and Covid-19




From NHS, Home Office, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and DEFRA.


We are currently working and living through unprecedented times. This guidance is compiled from the latest advice from the above organisations and is provided to enable the writing of a range activity Risk Assessment managed by the British Deer Society (BDS) branches in a Covid-19 environment.

Any activity on the range will be BDS only. This guidance should be added to the standard Range Risk Assessment to maintain the uniqueness of each range. On completion, they should be sent to all participants in planned activities. Participants must acknowledge receipt of the Risk Assessment and that they have read and understood the necessity of such measures. This must be submitted by participants prior to the range activity it should be emailed in and not handed over on the day. All participants must be booked in for the activity prior to the event taking place. Given numbers, it may be appropriate for the Chairman / Secretary and or RCO to allocate time slots if there are a limited number of lines which to shoot.

 This supplementary guidance is an interim measure and will be updated on the basis of guidance given. It may be that if infection rates rise, then range activities will cease, or if conditions should improve, they will be reviewed and relaxed.

Due to recent reported spikes and localised lockdowns BDS is not supporting Branches in holding range events in these areas. To ascertain if you are holding events in an area with a lockdown or spike please check the PHE or your local authority website. If you are in such an area do not run the event.

first branch range day since lockdown, observing social distancing


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Advice to Deer Managers in Scotland - 5 June 2020

The British Deer Society (BDS) Scottish Office has been working hard to obtain clarification on how the Stage One Unlock Guidance related to deer management in Scotland.

While the picture is still unclear we can provide the following information.

The stage 1 restart programme for forestry - link below:
The sector does require a bit of initiative, everyone must consider their own reasons and justification for contemplating controlling deer in their management.

The facts are:

* Deer management qualifies as forestry and environmental work.

* The guidelines for working in forestry are the most appropriate guidance for deer managers.

* Each and every person is operating under differing requirements, circumstances and situations.

* Each and every person must make their own assessment of increasing the level of harm that their actions may cause.

* Each and every person must be familiar with regulatory legal controls and recognise the difference with guidance.

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BDS is Recruiting: New Chief Executive Role

The British Deer Society (BDS) is actively recruiting for a Chief Executive.

Chief Executive
Position: Full Time permanent
Salary: ca £60K, depending on qualifications and experience
The British Deer Society is an incorporated charity, funded by membership, a trading subsidiary and philanthropic contributions.  The 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.

The Chief Executive will be a key member of the BDS Leadership Team and pivotal in the Society’s strategic direction and stakeholder management.  The primary role, working with the Society’s Chair and Board of Trustees, will be in setting the strategic direction of the Society and engaging with local, regional, national and international organisations in the identification, development and management of Society projects.  The Chief Executive will play a central leadership role in maintaining service levels to the membership, regional branches and the general public. 

BDS is Recruiting: New Chief Executive Role

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Thank You to Our BDS Volunteers 

This National Volunteers Week the BDS would like to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of our Members who support the Society in so many ways; it couldn't function without you.

Our amazing volunteers attend shows, run ranges, giving talks, serve on Branch and national committees, attend RTC's, fundraise, mentor newcomers, witness DSC2, provide dog tracking services......the list is endless.

Thanks to you all.

Thank You to Our BDS Volunteers 

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Forthcoming Events

21 August - 23 August
DSC1 Chippenham, Cambs
29 August - 31 August
DSC1 Shrewsbury, Shropshire
05 September - 06 September
Wolsingham Show
Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland DL13 3JF
11 September - 13 September
DSC1 Grantham, Lincolnshire
18 September - 20 September
DSC1 Bideford, Devon
19 September - 20 September
The Royal County of Berkshire Show (Wessex)
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ

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