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    The British Deer Society

    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 London Dinner Silent Auction 

While not everyone can be at our London fundraising dinner the good news is you don't have to miss out on the great auction lots available!

Our Givergy auction site supported by Knight Frank is still open to take your bids.

Some fabulous items are up for grabs including superb stalking and fishing, The Mousetrap theatre box, fine dining, luxury and sporting goods, amazing art and some of our most popular and recent book releases.

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Rural Crime Seminar

Monday, 18 November 2019 from 09:30 to 15:00
Westpoint Exeter, Westpoint, Clyst Saint Mary EX5 1DJ

Devon and Cornwall Police are hosting an event to give Rural Communities the opportunity to have their say on policing in rural areas and influence future policing.

There will be a question and answer session with the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez plus representatives from NFU and CLA. The Police and Partners will also give inputs on the current strategy and activity that is taking place to re-engage with rural communities.

rural crime seminar

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Venison Dealers Licences - November 2019

The Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) has a specific Priority Group to engage in Poaching & Coursing. Scotland’s group has been considering the returns / annual reports of Local Authorities to SNH of Venison Dealers Licences issued and it is ongoing.

A GIS map of the known addresses reveals that certain regions appear to have no registered Venison Dealers Licences operating. This may be the case but it may also suggest that there are persons or firms or estates processing, (removing the skin and butchering carcasses), who are non-compliant.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit and SNH, with support from Wildlife Crime Officers will soon be undertaking investigations into premises to investigate for non-compliance.

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Tick-borne encephalitis virus detected in UK ticks

Public Health England (PHE) has reported that Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), which is endemic in many European countries, has been found for the first time in a very small number of ticks in Thetford Forest and more recently within The New Forest.

These are early research findings from work carried out in conjunction with the Emerging and Zoonotic Infections National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit at the University of Liverpool and indicate the need for more work, however, the risk to the general public is currently assessed to be very low.

The British Deer Society (BDS)’s Honorary Vet Peter Green commented:

“BDS is aware of the recent discovery of the TBE virus in ticks in the New Forest. The Society has been actively involved in the research that has led to this finding. The Society endorses the call for public tick-awareness, especially when spending time in the countryside where cattle, sheep, rodents, deer, birds and many warm-blooded creatures carry ticks and deposit them in grass and undergrowth”.

 Tick-borne encephalitis virus detected in ticks in the UK

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Forthcoming Events

08 November - 19 November
Online Silent Auction
29 November - 01 December
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29 November - 29 November
Veterinary Deer Society Congress 2019
13 January - 13 January
Muntjac Symposium
Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University
07 February - 09 February
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14 March - 16 March
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