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11 February 2019

BDS AGM Weekend Sat 11th/Sun 12th May 2019

Book now for the Society’s AGM weekend, based at The Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry hotel, where Saturday’s Dinner and Sunday’s AGM will take place.

Saturday’s visit will include Euston Hall with its splendid art collection and beautiful gardens, plus an afternoon within the Estate's woodland. Events will run in combination with the branch range day at Euston so anyone wishing, could spend part of their time at the range where Edgar Brothers will be on hand displaying rifles, ammunition and optics.

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10 February 2019

Can you donate a lot for the 2019 BDS Internet Auction?

BDS is unbelievably grateful to our many loyal and generous donors who give lots each year. If you have something you would be happy to donate, stalking and other sporting lots are particularly welcome, then please do let us know. Items like these invariably prove the most popular in the auction, provide the bulk of the auction income and often result in new friendships.

Please do contact Helen admin@bds.org.uk and let her know if you can help the Society in any way.

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09 February 2019

Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019

Readers may be aware that EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Non-Native Species will be implemented within UK legislation via a Statutory Order from end of March 2019. The Order relates only to species on the EU’s list of Species of Concern and thus for our purposes relates solely to Chinese muntjac Muntiacus reevesi. The Order will only apply to England and Wales and in essence brings legislation here in line with that already in effect in other parts of the UK.


As noted in Peter Green’s article in the Winter issue of Deer: it is already illegal to release muntjac in areas outside their current distributional range with the current exemption that they may be released under licence within 1 km of where they were found. This exemption will be removed after 29th March.

It is our understanding , from ongoing correspondence with Defra, that...Read more

06 February 2019

Head Measuring Opportunities with BDS, BASC & Sporting Rifle

We have a limited number of opportunities to welcome new Measurers to the team. Anyone interested must be available to attend a two-day training event on the 30th and 31st of March 2019 in Hampshire. You should be passionate about the subject, have a strong depth of knowledge and experience relating to the six UK deer species and be willing and able to attend events where the measuring service is offered, particularly over the summer show season.

Please send an expression of interest to Glyn Ingram by email to deerofficer@bds.org.uk giving details of your experience and reasons for applying.

29 January 2019

New DSC1 course dates for Sussex and Lincolnshire

May 2019
DSC1 Grantham, Lincolnshire - 10/05/2019

July 2019
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex - 12/07/2019

September 2019
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex - 27/09/2019

November 2019
DSC1 Grantham, Lincolnshire - 08/11/2019
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex - 29/11/2019

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21 January 2019

Great feedback from the 2018 Internet Auction

We were delighted to receive a note from a very happy gentleman called Paul from South Wales who won a couple of lots in our 2018 Internet Auction. He gave us some excellent feedback on the experience he had during 2 lots he had won:

“…just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the two auction lots that I secured in this year’s auction. The first was a day out with Rupert Shaw at Gledpark deer farm in Kirkcudbright (www.gledpark.co.uk) and the second a day’s accompanied stalk courtesy of Jack Cosgrove near West Calder. 

21 January 2019

BDS introduces new 'Family Membership'

In response to demand from members BDS has launched a new Family Membership category for 2 adults (each with full voting rights) and up to 3 children up to and including age 18 in full time education. A family can now take advantage of a reduced membership fee, and enjoy all the benefits of a BDS membership. Each family member is also eligible to purchase Field Sports Insurance for an additional £19 per person.