Roe Deer, Hembury Woods

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These roe deer have returned to a favourite corner of the wood where they can lie in the early spring sunshine and feed on bramble leaves. I watched this pair for three hours on a sunny afternoon. They have been around this area for a few weeks now but have been difficult to observe.

I think the buck is the same individual that has been visiting this area for the last few years and is used to me. The doe is much shyer and often moves off just out of sight if I make any noise as I sit on the opposite hillside with my telescope.

The buck was in velvet when I saw him in January but now the antlers look red raw as this is being shed. He has lost the top section of his left antler.

John Walters

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