This Reeves’ Muntjac buck was photographed by a remote camera at Callow Hill at 6 o’clock in the morning. Only the male Muntjac deer have antlers and these are cast in May and this one has recently lost one – it had 2 the previous night. The camera was erected after Muntjac droppings were found. It was left out for 2 nights and 5 mammals were recorded using this small animal path – Badger, Fox, Grey Squirrel, Rabbit and the Muntjac.
Reeves' Muntjac buck, Callow Hill, 13 May 2016
Droppings from a Reeves' Muntjac, Callow Hill, 9 May 2016
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
There are about six white Fallow deer in the forest. They are not albinos, but one of the colour variants, the others being common, menil and black. This buck is 9 years old and is one of the master bucks of Wyre. He held a rutting stand in the forest last autumn. Bucks cast their antlers in the spring and the new antlers are in velvet and just starting to grow. They will reach full size in time for the rut in September.
White Fallow Buck amongst the Bluebells, New Parks