Following on from its in depth review of the Society’s workings, the BDS Board has been working in recent months on the five year Strategic Plan reproduced below and which was adopted at its board meeting in June 2018.


A healthy, valued and sustainable UK deer population.


Promotion of education, research and management best practice to ensure a healthy and sustainable deer population in balance with the environment, widely appreciated as part of the biodiversity of the UK landscape.

Strategic Goals 2018-2023:

  • Go-to place

    To be the go-to place for objective and unbiased information on the biology of deer and methods of deer management, humane treatment and humane control.

  • Develop and extend reach

    To develop and extend the reach and membership of the Society.

  • Research funding and coordination

    To provide funding and coordination for high quality research and promote the findings within Government(s), academia, trade organisations, members, the media and the public.

  • Improve education

    To improve the general education of the public on issues concerning deer through active engagement and access to high quality educational materials.

  • Best practice in deer management

    To promote best practice in deer management by developing and delivering high quality deer management training.

  • Establish strong partnerships

    To establish strong partnerships with relevant partner organisations to develop consensus on deer related issues.

  • Compliance

    To ensure compliance with all applicable Charity Commission regulations.

  • Growth

    To ensure the prosperity of the Society through effective funding and financial management.

  • Effective and coherent management

    To provide effective and coherent management of the Society.