Wild Deer in Urban Areas? Get Used to It; Nature Notes

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In 2008 I reported on a solitary red deer stag in the Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich. That animal stayed around the valley for several months, the last sighting of it being about March 2009.

I said then that there was no reason why more red deer should not be seen in the area to add to the infrequent but long standing sightings of muntjac.

It was no real surprise therefore when two or three more deer were seen in the valley recently.

There were two males and perhaps one female in and around the same area.At the time of writing it has not been possible to positively identify the species from the rather fuzzy mobile photos taken of them.

The males have large antlers and they are almost certainly red deer again - the Atlas of Mammals of Birmingham and The Black Country has no modern or historical records of fallow deer in the area, this being the only other species with large antlers found in this region.

Deer are something of a nature conservation success story amongst all the reports of declines and extinctions. Kept for centuries for meat and sport on country estates, living wild in forests and moorlands and escaping from wildlife parks they were ideally placed to benefit from the eradication of their natural predators such as wolf and lynx. …