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27 July 2017

Enclosed and Captive Deer Survey 2017

Do you have a deer, farm, park, zoo or other collection near you?  Or do you know of anywhere which keeps captive deer of any kind?  If so, the British Deer Society needs your help!

We are creating a register of all enclosed or otherwise captive deer of any species in the UK. It will be the first comprehensive list of its kind, and will be an invaluable asset. Uses, among many other benefits, will include advising the public of where they can view deer, recording endangered species, or allowing us to react quickly to outbreaks of diseases affecting deer.

We would be grateful if you could help us gather this information by completing a pdf reporting form, which you can download here (86 KB) . The form contains notes for completion and where to send it. The whole process is very quick and simple; please include as much information as you can.

The success of the Survey will rely heavily on receiving reports from our members, so please help us to enhance the BDS position as the foremost authority on all deer, wild or captive, within the UK.

27 July 2017

Come and see us at The Game Fair, Hatfield - 28-30th July 2017

Stand J1369 at The Game Fair of the season is where BDS will be showcasing the latest UK deer distribution survey results, recent research, the BDS training programme and providing sales of essential stalking kit, BDS memorabilia and recruiting new members.

Bring your BDS Membership card with you for the chance of winning a prize!

27 July 2017

Wildlife and Netting

Discarded fencing material and netting of all descriptions is a regular hazard for wildlife, not least Britain’s wild deer which can get it caught around their heads, legs and bodies. Male deer
are especially vulnerable with antlers becoming further entangled in trees or bushes, and sometimes even with each other. The lucky ones are found quickly and the offending material can be removed in time but some animals are not so fortunate. 

27 July 2017

Yorkshire Branch Award for Molly Turgoose

Congratulations to Molly Turgoose, recent graduate of Askam Bryan College, who was selected by BDS Yorkshire Branch to receive its Young Stalker’s Award together with a day’s stalking.
Molly took part in a BDS DSC1 course organised for the students by Yorkshire Branch earlier in the year and passed with flying colours. She received her award at the college’s recent graduation day where she also gained the prize for Best Game Keeping Student (academic) plus the Principal’s Prize for Best Overall Student FE.  27.7.17

27 July 2017

Report on ADMG Seminar at Birnam - Monday 17th July

Deer Management Group Chairs and Secretaries attended an ADMG Workshop at Birnam on Monday 17th July and enjoyed a useful and informative day. An introduction by the ADMG Chair, Richard Cooke, covered the recently concluded Parliamentary Deer Sector Review and also the priorities for Deer Management Groups before the next Review in 2019. Habitat Impact Assessments are the immediate priority. 27.7.17

24 July 2017

Come and see BDS at The Game Fair, Hatfield - 28-30th July 2017

BDS will be on Stand J1369 at the main game fair of the season showcasing the latest UK deer distribution survey results, recent research, the BDS training programme and providing sales of essential stalking kit , BDS memorabilia and recruiting new members. Guests exhibitors The British Deer Farms & Parks Association and talented young artist Bee Griffith will be joining us.

Come and meet the BDS team and find out what your Society has been doing on your behalf!

24 July 2017

Royal Park Reminiscences

Members attending the BDS 2015 Society AGM who visited Richmond Park will remember John Bartram, then Gamekeeper and Senior Wildlife Officer with the Royal Parks and since retired.

John was interviewed recently on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme when he talked warmly about his four decades looking after the welfare and maintenance of the deer, BDS Honorary Vet. Peter Green and other memories.

Listen to the interview which is 2.23 minutes into the programme

24 July 2017

Lloyds moves into deer farmers' territory

Lloyds Banking Group has launched a finance division for deer farmers and the venison industry to offer funding to help farmers overcome financial barriers to establishing herds. The UK venison market is set to grow by 10% this year, but with high operating costs, many farmers struggle to grow their herd to meet consumer demand. Currently about 1/3 of venison sold in the UK is imported but many processors and buyers say they would prefer to buy domestically-reared stock.