It seems appropriate this time of the year to see Deer, we have 3 semi resident Roe deer roaming the park. They are mostly found lurking on the west side, in an area we know as the Midland Bank. They can be quite hard to see because they are incredibly well camouflaged but I have been lucky to see them every day this week. Here you see a picture of one I saw last year in the same spot. But if Deer eat your Roses please don’t blame us they are wild creatures and will roam over a large area. Some say as far as the North Pole, but I’m not so sure of that!
We had another Wildlife walk this morning. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast and cool which meant we only saw one Butterfly, a Speckled woodpecker and no Dragonflies. But we saw much evidence of Woodpecker activity in the rotten Beech by the ‘Rotten Trail’. Heard and saw a lot of Great and Blue tits and a Nuthatch down on the feeders, as well as a Raven flying over the Tea Kiosk area. But the highlight for the children, and me were 2 Common newts near the Summerhouse and this, as yet, unidentified insect (or is it a spider minus a couple of legs?). Can you help? If you know what sort it is get in touch. Thanks.
As you can see I also saw a Roe deer just before the walk.
The Roe deer can sometimes be a bit of a pain, casually nibbling at young trees and shrubs, which means we have to spend a lot of time and money protecting all the plants. But it is still a thrill and honour to see them wandering through the Park, they always look very sleek and fit, and extremely well camouflaged changing colour with the seasons to match their surrounding. I was on the west side of the Park this afternoon and only just noticed one only a few metres away from me, casually watching me, making sure I didn’t get too close. This is the first deer I have seen in quite a few weeks, but they are always welcome – sort of….