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16 January 2020

Muntjac Symposium - Initiating Collaborative Working

The one-day muntjac symposium organised by the British Deer Society working in partnership with The Woodland Trust and sponsored by Galbraith was a resounding success.

The event was well supported with multi-agency attendance including BDS, BASC, Woodland Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural History Society of Northumbria, etc, as well as Scottish Natural Heritage and the UK Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Over 70 people took part and BDS Deer Officer, Glyn Ingram, commented that it was good to see representatives from important partner organisations, and private individuals enthusiastically engaging with each other.

Muntjac Symposium

14 January 2020

BDS Members and Branch Photographic Competitions 2019/20

BDS Members and Branch Photographic Competitions 2019/20

For all our members who are keen wildlife photographers, a reminder that this year's current members competition will be closing at the end of March 2020.

If you haven’t yet entered there is still time to capture a winning photo, and you can submit images either directly by emailing BDS at  or submit your entry through your local branch. 

BDS members photo comp 19/20

13 January 2020

Changes to Firearms Law

Members should be aware that new measures regarding firearms and deactivated firearms have become effective from 12 December 2019. 

They relate to:

- responsibility for secure storage arrangements in relation to certificate holders under the age of 18. 


In essence, it is now required that where a firearm certificate holder is under the age of 18, arrangements must be made for a person aged 18 or over to assume responsibility for the secure storage of the firearms and ammunition to which the certificate relates.