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    The British Deer Society

    Deer Welfare - Ensuring deer stay healthy, have appropriate habitat and are well managed is key to their sustainable future. BDS is the principal organisation focusing throughout the UK on deer welfare and promoting their conservation in balance with the environment.

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    Science & Research - A key part of BDS work is supporting scientific study and research with focus on welfare, diseases and the relationship between deer, man and the environment.

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    Training - BDS has been training deer stalkers and managers for over 30 years in effective deer stalking, humane culling and management encouraging best practice for the welfare of the deer.

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    Membership - Become a member of the BDS, join people with wide-ranging deer interests and help us safeguard the future of wild deer in the UK.

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    Fundraising - Meeting our educational and research objectives, and delivering our campaign messages costs money. BDS is continually looking at new fundraising opportunities and ways to maximise our existing ones.

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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 AGM - Draft agenda available

The two-day BDS Society AGM & Conference will take place in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Zoo and the Holiday Inn, Corstorphine on 18th and 19th May 2018.

A draft agenda is now available.

pdf Further information (502 KB) and   pdf Booking form
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BDS Photographic Competition - enter now!

Closing date 31st March 2018

Don’t forget you still have plenty of time to enter the BDS members photographic competition.

So why not get out in the snow and capture some deer scenes? Or if you are holed up indoors why not dig through the images you took during warmer days looking for those special pictures and send them in! Who knows you might just win some cash and see your image featured in the Deer Journal and on the BDS website…..

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 New Data Protection regulations are on the way

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force this May, replacing the existing Data Protection Act. BDS would like to assure all members and Deerbytes subscribers that the Society is working actively to ensure compliance whenever handling your data.

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2018 - Nominate/Enter Now

The Farmers Weekly Awards are the biggest awards in UK farming, recognising the very best UK producers across 15 categories, judged on a range of factors including business success, innovation and long-term vision. The winners are unveiled each year at a glittering awards dinner held in the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House, attended by more than 1,000 farmers and industry leaders.

To nominate a farmer for an award, simply go to  and click on the “Nominate Now” button to fill in the short nomination form. You should aim to get your nomination in by the end of March at the latest, to allow time to submit the full entry by the deadline of 30 April.

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Forthcoming Events

06 April - 08 April
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06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Bardwell, Suffolk
13 April - 15 April
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20 April - 22 April
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