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Ultimate Deer Data online training available only from the British Deer Society is an interactive training package enabling you to acquire and test your knowledge in preparation for taking the Deer Stalking Certificate 1. It details the requirements for all five assessments and provides comprehensive information on a massive range of deer related subjects.

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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

Deer Initiative Ltd (DI Ltd) to Cease Operating

Announcement on behalf of The Deer Initiative for England and Wales. 12th July 2019.

After 24 years, Deer Initiative Ltd (DI Ltd), the executive arm of the Deer Initiative Partnership (DIP) is to cease operating at the end of the current financial year 31st March 2020.

The DI was established in 1995 to deliver the objectives of the DIP in the form of advice and guidance and to advocate the sustainable management of wild deer. The organisation has worked with a range of partners across government, academia and the private sector to develop a broader understanding of the need for well-evidenced, effective and humane deer management.

Deer Initiative

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BDS At The Game Fair, Hatfield

Visit us at stand number N1429

Come and meet the BDS team at The Game Fair, Hatfield where this year we will be launching the new BDS Deer App and have tablets on hand so you can try it out. 

Our stand this year includes a new video screen featuring some of this year’s BDS competition winning images along with a new short video created by Matt Roseveare a young award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker.

We are also delighted to have professional photographer Andrew Yates joining us as our guest displaying some of his stunning work and talking about how to capture good images. Andrew trained in Fine Art, Photography and Design and has travelled extensively gathering a myriad of pictorial stories along the way.

Quiller Publishing will be launching Charles Smith-Jones’ new book Practical Deer Management with Charles signing copies on the stand.

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Reminder to the Public About Young Deer

BDS has noted that members of the public are often unaware of how to treat young deer and nursing females they may come into contact with.

Footage came to light this week on Twitter (this has now been removed) showing a playful dog out of control and clearly causing distress to a young deer. Sadly the owner misunderstood this as simply rough play, however, our followers were quick to highlight the real risks this situation presented.

Reminder to the Public About Young Deer

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Photo of Deer Hugging?

A Lewis school teacher captured a recent image of what at first glance appears to be two red deer hugging.

However, Susy Macaulay Local Government Reporter for the Press & Journal Inverness got in touch with BDS to find out what was really going on.

deer hugging?

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Forthcoming Events

26 July - 28 July
The Game Fair (Hertfordshire)
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
30 July - 01 August
The New Forest Show (Wessex)
New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
01 August - 04 August
Countryfile Live South (Oxfordshire)
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
01 August -
Burwarton Show (Midlands)
https://www.burwartonshow.co.uk/find-us/
02 August - 03 August
Highland Field Sports Fair (Highlands)
Moy Estate, Moy, IV13 7YQ.
15 August - 18 August
Countryfile Live North (Yorkshire)
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA.

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