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14 November 2017

BDS London Fundraiser - a great success!

A fantastic time was had on the evening of Wednesday 8th November at the BDS London Dinner when in excess of £50,000 was raised from the Live and Silent Auction, draw ticket sales and pledges in aid of BDS research and education.

Very many thanks are due to our extremely generous sponsors Knight Frank and to everyone who made it possible by helping with the organisation or by giving lots – there were with some especially great items from Rigby, Swarovski, Celtic Manor Resort, Knight Frank and a number of private donors. And of course not forgetting huge thanks to all participants who “dug deep” before and on the night to buy the goods!

14 November 2017

New DCS1 Course announced in Northern Ireland

DSC1 Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh,
Northern Ireland - 22/06/2018

14 November 2017

Great British Game Week 20-26th November

Great British Game Week is back larger than ever before in its fourth successive year, highlighting everything that is fantastic and British about wild game.

The awareness week seeks to promote wild game to over 1 million people throughout the week and The Deer Initiative request your help in completing this challenge. Whilst the Countryside Alliance will be promoting wild game to new, larger markets, they wish to see their members and supporters spreading the word at the local level. If each member and supporter of shooting were to introduce one friend to wild game throughout the week it would give the market a substantial boost.

09 November 2017

BDS 2018 Calendar and Christmas cards available now


2018 BDS Calendar
Glorious images featuring British deer throughout the year. Practical, large format.

Perfect for presents, our exclusive BDS Calendars are £11.95 each including p&p (within UK).


2017 BDS Christmas Cards - On a Quiet Morning

Ian MacGillivray's wonderfully evocative winter painting of fallow deer in the snow.

£5.95 per pack of 10 including p&p (within UK).


07 November 2017

Isle of Wight Deer - a Position Statement from the British Deer Society, October 2017

The British Deer Society understands that the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Group wishes to designate the Island as a ‘deer-free zone’.

Red and Roe deer can be considered indigenous to the Island and, despite periods of absence, both species are continually recorded as swimming to the Island from the mainland. Their presence may therefore be considered to be natural and part of a rich biodiversity.

07 November 2017

Eurasian Lynx escapes from animal park in Wales

A lynx has escaped from a wildlife park in Ceredigion. The Eurasian lynx, which is about twice the size of a domestic cat, escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom, near Aberystwyth.

07 November 2017

Oh deer! Brawling buck takes a tumble as its flipped into the air after clashing antlers with rutting rival

A deer was flipped into the air by a fellow buck who muscled in on his fight in Holkham Hall Park, in Norfolk.

Two deer had been clashing antlers during the rutting season when a third entered the fight. After watching from the sidelines, the deer decided to charge one but was flipped into the air. The encounter was captured by photographer Steve Ball, 57, who watched the drama unfold. 

30 October 2017

Silent Auction Fundraising Extra!

On 8th November the next BDS Fundraising Dinner generously sponsored by Knight Frank will take place in London.

As part of the fundraising effort, a silent auction is currently running and will end on the night of the dinner on 8th November. You might not be present at the event, but you can still take part by bidding for one of the twenty exciting lots.

To see what’s on offer and find out how to bid go to