Estates ranger warns East Devon public never to touch “abandoned” young deer

Very young deer that appear to be abandoned in the countryside should never be touched, Clinton Devon Estates’ ranger Tom Garner has warned.

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Estates ranger warns East Devon public never to touch “abandoned” young deer

Mr Garner who is responsible for the wild deer population on Clinton Devon Estates land in East Devon says that baby roe deer – known as kids - are at great risk at this time of year when people mistakenly think they have been left alone by their mothers.

“Deer give birth from late April and into July and often leave their young alone, partially hidden in the grass, from an early age while they go to eat nearby”, explains Mr Garner.  “There have been instances where people have attempted to pick-up a young deer or touch it to make sure it’s okay but, in doing this, they’re leaving their smell on the youngster which may stop the mother returning to feed it.

“It’s very important that, no matter how tempting it might be to get close, these babies should just be viewed from a distance. We need to ensure that the mother can find her youngster easily and that we keep our wildlife wild”.

Clinton Devon Estates are supporting the British Deer Society’s annual awareness raising campaign and also taking the opportunity to remind people that dogs must be kept on leads in areas where deer are likely to be.

The responsible management of wild deer is an integral part of the overall management of Clinton Devon Estates’ woodlands, ensuring the welfare of deer stocks and protection of our Forestry Stewardship Council's certified woodland.

For further information please visit www.bds.org.uk  and www.clintondevon.com

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550