Monday, 8 October 2007

Fallow deer on Exmoor

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a neighbour about local deer. It transpired that some people in the area thought that Fallow deer were not resident in the area. This upset me a little because I was certain I had Fallow tracks in the private woodland that I have access to. I started to chalk it up to experience as I'm not infallable when my nieghbour said he had seen them about 5 miles away.

To cut a long story short, I was with a client out in the woods recently and at one of our stops we saw, in the distance, 3 Fallow deer! They were about 350 yards away but we had great views of a male and two does. He had a lovely rack and they all looked very relaxed, having a lie down and chewing the cud. Unfortunately, they were on land that I don't have access to so I couldn't nip over there to track or stalk them. Never mind, eh. It was still very nice to get confirmation that they are in the area and that I was (probably) right about the tracks.

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Pablo said...

Nice result Jon. I still get confused between Roe and Fallow tracks.

Jon said...

It is difficult mate - that's why I doubted myself at first!

There is a size difference with Roe being smaller than Fallow and there is also a bit of a difference in shape. The pad goes up to the tip of the cleave in Roe but not in Fallow.

Probably as clear as mud now.


Pablo said...

It might be clearer *in* mud! (ha ha)
Thanks for the tip, back to the books.
All the best

Anonymous said...

Great post, I am almost 100% in agreement with you