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The British Deer Society

  • The British Deer Society


    Deer are an important part of our natural heritage, admired by thousands. Regrettably on occasion they can conflict with other land uses and can be damaging to agriculture and woodland as well as directly affecting public safety through deer vehicle collisions. Deer numbers kept in balance with their habitats can have less of an impact. Accepting culling as often necessary to achieve this, BDS has been training stalkers and deer managers for over 30 years to cull humanely and safely to reduce any impact on remaining deer welfare. We have developed a wide variety of courses delivering quality training for groups and individuals whether experienced or new to the practice of deer management.

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Ultimate Deer Data

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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BDS Outdoor Survival Course

The British Deer Society have teamed up with Woodland Ways, the UK’s largest provider of Bushcraft & Survival courses and expeditions to offer a one day course introducing people to the four main elements of bushcraft and survival; fire, food, shelter and water. 

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The BDS Training and Mentoring Scheme

The Society is pleased to announce that it has recently taken on a 5 year lease to manage deer within Swinley Forest, which is a 3,000 acre woodland area managed by the Crown Estate, the Society is able to offer BDS members one-to-one individual training in all aspects of stalking, shooting deer, gralloching, transportation and larder-work.

BDS Training and Mentoring Scheme

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