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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

Muntjac Symposium - Initiating Collaborative Working

The one-day muntjac symposium organised by the British Deer Society working in partnership with The Woodland Trust and sponsored by Galbraith was a resounding success.

The event was well supported with multi-agency attendance including BDS, BASC, Woodland Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural History Society of Northumbria, etc, as well as Scottish Natural Heritage and the UK Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Over 70 people took part and BDS Deer Officer, Glyn Ingram, commented that it was good to see representatives from important partner organisations, and private individuals enthusiastically engaging with each other.

Muntjac Symposium

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BDS Members and Branch Photographic Competitions 2019/20

BDS Members and Branch Photographic Competitions 2019/20

For all our members who are keen wildlife photographers, a reminder that this year's current members competition will be closing at the end of March 2020.

If you haven’t yet entered there is still time to capture a winning photo, and you can submit images either directly by emailing BDS at  or submit your entry through your local branch. 

BDS members photo comp 19/20

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Changes to Firearms Law

Members should be aware that new measures regarding firearms and deactivated firearms have become effective from 12 December 2019. 

They relate to:

- responsibility for secure storage arrangements in relation to certificate holders under the age of 18. 


In essence, it is now required that where a firearm certificate holder is under the age of 18, arrangements must be made for a person aged 18 or over to assume responsibility for the secure storage of the firearms and ammunition to which the certificate relates. 

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Deer Faecal Sampling for Postgrad Project

Investigating the prevalence of enteric disease agents in UK deer.

A Bristol University Science Student is asking South West and West BDS branch members for help with a project, Sam says: 

There is very little data on the prevalence of diseases in UK deer. Wild deer are a known potential reservoir of transmissible diseases and antimicrobial resistance genes. More recently, farmed deer have also been implicated in outbreaks of foodborne disease. Therefore, deer do pose a risk for disease transmission of livestock and zoonotic diseases. Furthermore, wild deer may be a reservoir for diseases that pose a threat to the health of farmed deer, but it is difficult to assess the risk without knowing if these diseases are common in the wild.

This study aims to address the lack of data on enteric disease agents in the UK wild, farmed, park and zoo deer through a descriptive cross-sectional study. Disease prevalence and the presence of antimicrobial resistance genes will be identified. Management factors will also be assessed to identify any possible associations between these factors and the prevalence of disease agents.

Droppings of red deer By Robert Biedermann

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