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Mammals - 3 July 2017

P1240541It's always a treat to come across a mammal when walking around the Gardens: birds, bees, grasshoppers, butterflies are all expected and easy to see. But coming across this young fawn (left) lying up in its "form" in the long grass was completely unexpected. It's a young roe deer, but it is late in the season for it still to be lying up. Fortunately, it didn't get disturbed. Adult deer will leave their offspring in a safe place during the day when they go off to feed, and the young are programmed to stay still as a defence against predators. But beware of the long grass: it is full of deer ticks, as I discovered.

 

P1240552Another animal taking advantage of the fine weather was a big dog fox, lying at the edge of the picnic lawn, sunbathing in the afternoon warmth. The lawn is quite wide and the path is a fair distance away; the fox had its eyes open and was watching the people walking along in a very relaxed way. Even when several people stopped and looked at it through binoculars it made no move and didn't appear to be disturbed. It's often a matter of keeping your eyes open as you walk around; it's quite surprising what you see.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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