Deer have no natural enemies except man and the motor car, their lifespan is determined by the condition of their teeth, once the teeth are worn out the animal will starve to death.With the huge increase in deer numbers and pressure from urban expansion the deer are being squeezed into smaller areas.
It is believed that the increase in Lyme's disease, passed between animals and humans by the common tick my have a direct link to overcrowding, Lung worm and Liver fluke are commonly found in large deer herds and can be passed on to horses and other farm animals.
A fully grown fallow deer eats around 5kg of food each day, it is not uncommon in Sussex to see large herds of animals grazing on pasture land. You can see that in a week a herd of Fallow can consume a large amount of valuable grazing or farm crops.
We are seeing a lot of deer with limbs missing, this is often due to animals catching their legs in stock fencing and struggling until the leg is severed.
When we take on a new piece of ground we spend a lot of time just watching. We note the animals that are going back (old animals loosing teeth, etc), we look for animals with swollen joints (normally caused by Arthritis) and the animals with limbs missing or broken that are having difficulty coping. These are our target animals and the first to be dealt with.
Our next job is to remove some of the young does. Leaving the more mature and experienced does to breed.
Our aim is to develope a healthy well proportioned deer herd.
Reducing deer damage to Forestry and grazing land.
By reducing numbers, we will hopefully, lessen the human and animal fatalities involved in road traffic accidents.
As you may well know researchers are calling for a mass deer cull, if this goes ahead deer numbers could be decimated.
This could be avoided if landowners would contact us (or others offering a similar service) and let us manage the deer in a controlled and professional manner.
For Further reading about the proposed deer cull please CLICK HERE
If you would like more information, or report a deer related road traffic accident please CLICK HERE
For more information about Tick Bites and Lymes desease please CLICK HERE