We've been using a camera trap, activated by a motion sensor, to record 15 second videos of the wildlife that roams Wenlock Edge woods, and we'd like to share some of the images with you all.
The commonest animal that we captured on film was Fallow Deer. Their winter coat is very dark, similar to a Roe Deer, although their summer coats show the typical spots. They are larger than the Roe Deer and have a large, dark tail over their white rump patch. The males (bucks) grow palmate antlers from three years old, which they shed every year. Fallow are a non-native species, and were introduced by the Normans for hunting. They can cause a lot of damage to crops and young trees when in large numbers; fortunately there are only small herds on Wenlock Edge.
Apart from Fallow, there are also Roe Deer and Muntjac Deer present in the wood. Roe Deer and Red Deer are the only native species of deer in the UK, while Sika Deer and Chinese Water Deer are other introduced species.
The Roe Deer is smaller than the Fallow, and is dark in colour with lighter undersides and a white rump patch covered by only a small tail. The males have pointed antlers that they shed after the rut and immediately re-grow. A video of a Roe can be seen on a previous blog post, titled Deer. Interesting fact: Bambi was originally a Roe Deer, but was changed to a US White-Tailed Deer so as to be more familiar to American audiences.
The Muntjac Deer is originally from Southeastern China, and the UK population was formed from escapees from zoos and deer parks. It is very small, only 0.5m in height, with a dog-like appearance. We have yet to capture any footage of a Muntjac deer, but we'll be sure to let you know when we do!