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The Forestry Commission is urging nature lovers to wake at the crack of dawn and join an expedition to track down magnificent roe deer.
A spring safari setting out at 6am from Kielder Castle is being staged through the wilderness of Kielder Water & Forest Park on Saturday 21 April.
The event is part of the Wild about Kielder season giving people chance to see the forest's stunning wildlife at close quarters.
Philip Spottiswood, Forestry Commission Wildlife Manager for Northern England, said:
“An early start gives us the best chance of seeing this shy creature in its natural setting. We will keep our eyes peeled for young bucks, now sporting fully grown antlers, breaking away from the herd to stake out territorial claims. We might also see kids in their first few weeks of life."
Places on the safari are strictly limited as a mini-bus will be used to transport people through the forest. The price of £16 per person also includes a full English breakfast at Kielder Castle. Bookings and further information on 01434 250209. Bring binoculars and warm clothing.
Note to editor
- Roe deer are one of only two deer species native to the British Isles, the other being the red deer. Remains identified as roe have been found dating back to 400,000 BC. The creature’s main call is a bark, with that of the buck usually being a challenge call, resembling that of a medium size dog. It has a remarkable sense of smell, but its eyesight is limited to black and white colours. However roe deer can detect the slightest physical movement and can easily spot a moving human at long distances.
- Other Wild about Kielder events include:
- 5 May - badger watch (8.30pm)
- 6 May - dawn chorus (5am)
- 18 May - owl night (7pm)
- 9 June - bat night (9.30pm)
- Booking is essential for all these events on 01434 220242. More information at www.visitkielder.com
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information go to www.forestry.gov.uk/NorthEastEngland
Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.