Cervine suggestion

Today, we went up on Cannock Chase again, and I make no apologies for another feature on the deer. These lovely ladies were a smaller subset of the herd from last week, but on this occasion, they were a little more tolerant. They may well have been hungry. This is the closest I’ve ever managed to get to them.

If you want to give your kids a great Christmassy experience, why not take them for a walk over the Chase with a few carrots and see if you can find some? It really is a great thing to do.

I noticed the deer in a couple of places on the Chase today, they really are fine animals. Sadly, folk appear to have been poaching illegally up there of late, which I find rather sad.

For more of this sort of thing,  see my 365daysofbiking journal.


The herd was smaller today, but somewhat bolder.


One mother and fawn were absent, but two of the three last week were present.


The deer seemed less skittish today for some reason.


If you ever want to feed deer, they love carrots, potato peelings and cabbage leaves.


If you are gentle in movement and quiet, they will tolerate your company for a good feed.


I think they were quite hungry today, they hoovered up every last bit of carrot.


The fawns look healthy and are growing strong.


In the heard of fallows, there seems to be a strain with a much darker coat.


I’ve never managed to get this close before.

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4 Responses to Cervine suggestion

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    many thanks

  2. Sue says:

    Fantastic, been seeing them more and more lately, but not this close. There’s quite a herd at Pye Green, they seem to travel to the “nature reserve” behind Pye Green Valley School, across a main road and through a housing estate! Are the darker ones muntjacs?

    • Hi Sue
      I believe there’s a large colour variance in fallows, although this one doesn’t have the stripy bum which is making me wonder. It’s not a muntjack – they’re tiny, like a dog. I’ve only ever seen them fleetingly, as they run across my path – you think they’re a red setter, only far more nimble.
      Didn’t know about the ones at Pye Green, although I have seen them around Springslade and Brocton.



  3. Clive says:

    Lovely photos Bob. thank you.

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