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18 January 2018

Bird flu detected in wild birds in Dorset

Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Dorset.   

It is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter, and tests have shown it is closely related to the H5N6 strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to the H5N6 strain which affected people in China last year and Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency have also offered reassurance that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. 

15 January 2018

BDS AGM

The BDS Society AGM & Conference will be taking place on 18-19 May in Edinburgh. 

pdf Further information (502 KB) and   pdf Booking form (143 KB)

15 January 2018

New DSC1 courses planned for April and June 18

The BDS has added some new dates for DSC1 courses to their training schedules in April and June 18 - Bardwell, Suffolk - 06/04/2018,  Laverstoke, Hampshire - 06/04/2018, Shrewsbury, Shropshire - 02/06/2018 

Read more

15 January 2018

Plans unveiled for 50 million tree new Northern Forest

The Woodland Trust and The Community Forest Trust plan to create an exciting new Northern Forest that will comprise over 50 million trees over 25 years and will stretch from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine, has received Government backing this morning.

The project will embrace the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull as well as major towns across the north. It will deliver major environmental, social and economic benefits that complement the significant growth, investment and new infrastructure that is planned for the north of England.

08 January 2018

Professor Simon Gibson, CBE

Our warmest congratulations go to BDS Trustee Director Simon Gibson who has been promoted to CBE in the Queen’s New Year's Honours List for services to the Economy in Wales.

As one of Wales’s leading business figures, read more about Simon's involvement in successful businesses and initiatives in Wales spanning more than three decades here

08 January 2018

Two Deer Initiative vacancies available

Deer Initiative Executive Director - a rare opportunity for a highly organised, driven & solution-oriented self-starter to lead and inspire a well-established charity supporting a broad partnership. Full details


Wales Deer Liaison Office (DLO) - to join the existing team providing expertise on sustainable deer management across England and Wales. Full details

Applications deadline - 19th January 2018.

03 January 2018

Enclosed and Captive Deer Survey 2017 - update

At the start of 2017 BDS asked the public for help collecting data for the Enclosed and Captive Deer Survey. We wanted to hear from anyone who lives near a deer, farm, park, zoo or other collection, or knew of anywhere which keeps captive deer of any kind. We wanted to create a register of all enclosed or otherwise captive deer of any species in the UK.

The results of this survey so far are now available.

03 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at BDS!