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Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Why are all the Nettle-leaved Bellflowers, Campanula trachelium, chopped off in Shabden Park nature reserve, Surrey: by Muntjac deer perhaps?
The question is by what? The top halves of the stems have gone, which suggest it is not slugs.
The probable answer was not far away.
It is a Muntjac deer and there were two of them.
According to the BBC, "Muntjac deer don't have a fixed breeding season, unlike many other deer. Instead, they reproduce continually throughout the year. This small and exotic looking deer can be surprisingly hard to spot, although a loud barking call could indicate one is nearby. Woodlands are their preferred habitat, but they are increasingly found in gardens and even walking down streets. Native to south-east China and Taiwan, muntjac deer were introduced to parks in the UK in the early 20th century and escapees have since established wild populations." Further info' at; http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Reeves%27s_Muntjac
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