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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

Pregnant Deer Dies After Getting Trapped in Goal Net

A pregnant deer has died after its head became trapped in the netting of some goalposts at Henderson Sport and Social Club, Harold Hill, Romford.

Pregnant deer dies in net

A group of local residents rushed to the doe’s aid after a walker discovered her and cut the net from around her neck but the deer had sadly passed away.

Jan and Shantel Louise, from local volunteer group Harold Hill Deer Aid, as well as Lorraine Stevens, contacted a vet who came to help them perform an emergency caesarian in an attempt to rescue the fawn, but sadly the fawn had already died as well.

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Staten Island’s Deer Vasectomy Scheme Having Little Impact

After three years and a cost of $4.1 million deer vasectomies have trimmed Staten Island’s by a total of 316 animals.

Staten Island’s $4.1M deer vasectomy scheme

This means US taxpayers have spent $12,975 a head to shave 15% off the huge herd.

The city hired White Buffalo in 2016 to run the world’s first attempt to curb deer by sterilizing only males, as the borough’s herd increased to a high of 2,053 in 2017—an 8,454% increase in less than a decade.

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Farmers Urged to Check for Young Deer

At this time of year, many farmers will be harvesting silage, but unfortunately, it's not uncommon for young deer to be killed in the process. 

Farmers Urged to Check for Young Deer

It is normal for a mother to leave a young hidden because it cannot keep up with her when she is feeding and our standard advice is to leave them well alone. However, if they are hidden in a farmers field this can be extremely dangerous. We urge farmers to check for young hidden in the field before harvesting and move these to a safe place.

A popular method is to walk the area with a dog before harvesting. Thankfully we know many farmers do this, but as the young deer are often well hidden with little or no scent they can be extremely difficult to spot. A few years ago a couple of wild game managers from Germany came up with a possible solution to the problem.

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6 Nara Deer Deaths Attributed to Plastic

One of the highlights of a visit to Nara in Japan is the chance to walk amongst the city’s free-roaming deer. 

However, it appears that some tourists have been feeding something other than the deer-friendly senbei crackers available to these nationally protected animals.

6 Nara Deer Deaths Attributed to Plastic

According to a recent report from the Nara Deer Welfare Association, the animals have been eating plastic, which has led to the deaths of a number of deer in recent months.

Since March this year, a total of eight deer with deaths from unknown causes have been autopsied. Six were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs, with the largest clump weighing 4.3 kilograms. 

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Forthcoming Events

29 June - 30 June
Irish Game and Country Fair (Northern Ireland)
Shanes Castle, Antrim, UK
05 July - 07 July
Kent County Show (South East England)
The Kent Event Centre at the Kent Showground
05 July - 07 July
The Scottish Game Fair (Scotland)
Scone Palace Parkland
09 July - 11 July
The Great Yorkshire Show (Yorkshire)
Harrogate
12 July - 14 July
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
13 July -
Newport Show (West Midlands)
Chetwynd Deer Park

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