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Help Us Speak Up For Deer

Welcome to the British Deer Society, where over 6,000 members from diverse backgrounds share a passion for wild deer and protecting their welfare. Our community includes academics, deer managers, stalkers, rangers, conservationists, artists, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and more.

As a UK-wide charity, we’re dedicated to educating and inspiring everyone about deer. Through research and education, we raise awareness and provide training for humane and safe deer management with deer welfare at its heart.

our members

Join us in ensuring wild deer in the UK are respected and valued. Explore our membership options, whether you’re an individual, student, family, corporation, or overseas enthusiast. Together, let’s contribute to the thriving future of these iconic creatures and their role in our natural world.

Your Membership Unlocks:

📖 Deer Magazine: Immerse yourself in the latest knowledge and insights from the field, each quarter.

🌐 Local Branch Membership: Dive into a community of like-minded enthusiasts with optional access to local BDS branches, offering support, advice, and activity days.

📊 Surveys and Research Participation: Be a crucial part of shaping the future of deer conservation through active involvement in surveys and research initiatives.

📸 Member’s Photo Competitions: Showcase your passion for deer through captivating visuals and stand a chance to be featured in BDS publications.

👥 Training and Mentor Scheme: Elevate your understanding with exclusive access to member training and mentorship opportunities.

🎉 Prize Draws and Internet Auctions: Experience the thrill of winning exclusive prizes through exciting draws and auctions.

💌 Deerbytes Newsletter: Stay informed and entertained with our regular email newsletter, “Deerbytes,” delivering the latest news, events, and updates directly to your inbox.

Your Membership Supports a Vital Cause:

By becoming a member, you actively contribute to BDS’ charitable initiatives—advocating for healthy and valued deer populations, sustainable deer management, research, campaigning, government consultations, support and advice, and training programs.

Choose The Membership For You

Membership is valid for a full calendar year, starting from the month you join.

If you opt for direct debit payments, kindly anticipate a processing time of 6 full working days for your payment to be collected. Once processed, we will promptly confirm your membership and dispatch your membership pack along with your unique membership number.

For any Membership inquiries, feel free to reach out to us at 01425 655434 (Option 2) or via email at

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