White Fallow Deer buck

Joe Turner has taken this impressive photograph of a special Fallow Deer in Wyre. All the bucks should have good heads of antlers at this time of the year in readiness for the rut, so this one looks like a doe, but Chris Bradley says: “Actually it is not a doe, but rather the OLD WHITE BUCK, now eleven plus years old, and gone completely back, with only rudimentary antlers, knobs, visible. He will probably take little part in the forthcomming rut. He often spends the summer months around Lodge Hill Farm, etc. In March there were about ten white deer in the Forest, mostly does, but also including a SOREL, a PRICKET and two buck fawns, one around Dowles Manor/Skeys Wood. I have not yet had the opportunity to discover how many white fawns, if any, were born this year.” The white deer are not albinos, but one of several different colour varieties.

Fallow Buck ©Joe Turner, Wyre Forest 2 September 2014