Home / Information & Advice / About Deer About DeerThe UK is home to six species of wild-living deer. Some are native but others have been introduced by man and, in many cases, have thrived to an astonishing degree. Photo by: WildMediaFIND OUT MORE FASCINATING CREATURES Deer are fascinating creatures which can be found across the United Kingdom, often closer to where we live than you might expect. Explore more about them using the links below. DEER SPECIES ANTLER CYCLES THE DEER RUT DEER CLOSE SEASON DEER MYTHBUSTERS WHY MANAGE DEER? LATEST NEWS BDS Response to the Defra Consultation on Proposed Deer Management Strategy The British Deer Society (BDS) has reviewed in detail the consultation on proposed deer management published by Defra on the 4th of August 2022. Whilst we welcome the consultation in general terms, and in particular the intent to develop a wider market for venison, we have serious concerns about some of the proposals. Firearms and Mental Health – Awareness and Support Leaflet The Scottish Firearms Licensing Practitioners Group has released a leaflet providing information on mental health support for firearms license holders. Publication of Revised Wild Game Guidance The revised Wild Game Guidance (WGG) has been published on 25th July 2022. Revision of the content post-consultation (working in collaboration with FSA England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Food Standards Scotland), has resulted in a robust review on the WGG for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.