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Have you seen any Muntjacs?

Stephen Moss | 15:50 UK time, Thursday, 30 October 2008

If you saw Wednesday night's show, you'll recall Simon made an appeal for sightings of our smallest deer, the Muntjac. Originally from China, the Muntjac was introduced to Woburn Abbey in the 19th century, and has been spreading outwards ever since. Despite now probably being the commonest deer species in Britain, it can be very hard to see.

Simon gave us some really useful tips on how to know if you have Muntjac in your neighbourhood - the staccato, dog-like bark, the tiny footprints, and if you are lucky enough to catch sight of one, its tiny size - less than half that of a Roe Deer. So do let us know via this blog if you have Muntjac where you live.

Just in: here's the muntjac sightings map that Simon showed on the show.

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  • 1. At 4:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, goodoldboy2 wrote:

    Muntjac are extremely common throughout the county of Bedfordshire.

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  • 2. At 4:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, perfectgray1977 wrote:

    We have a muntjac deer that frequently climbs under our fence and eats the fallen apples and leaves in our garden in East Oxford

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  • 3. At 4:25pm on 30 Oct 2008, Timekeeper_Phil wrote:

    Hi Guys - I live on the Clwydian Hills in North Wales, and we have had a partial sighting of a Muntjak in our local forest, along with many evenings listening to their "barking". Also, during the summer, we get an annual visit of Nightjars. Quite an eclectic mix !

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  • 4. At 4:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, Burycains wrote:

    We have seen Muntjacs in Stanton Suffolk and I have heard them walking through Barningham Suffolk.

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  • 5. At 4:28pm on 30 Oct 2008, ChrisMalc wrote:

    We have a muntjac who visits the old orchard behind our house in Warwickshire to eat fallen apples. It is often also spied early in the morning walking on the village footpath from the church and down the main road

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  • 6. At 4:30pm on 30 Oct 2008, friendlyphilcity wrote:

    i have seen muntjacks in the memorial pak, coventry city centre, and plantshill crescent woods tile hill coventry, all of which are built up areas

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  • 7. At 4:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, wildlifegolfer wrote:

    Muntjac Deer are a common sight around the course at Atherstone Golf Club in Warwickshire

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  • 8. At 4:32pm on 30 Oct 2008, gerda wrote:

    A little colony can be seen at night under the M3 bridge on the Northington road. 1/2 a mile from where it comes off the old A road between Winchester and Basingstoke. it is heavily wooded there, mostly conifer plantation with some beech. they have been seen there often over at least the last 4 years, generally half a dozen or so at a time. maybe its warm there?

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  • 9. At 4:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, Fabapocalypse wrote:

    I often see muntjac when I'm walking my dog round Hertfordshire and Essex, they're not at all timid - quite the opposite. One jumped onto a path just a few feet ahead of me a couple of weeks ago, gave me and the dog a hard stare and then vanished into the adjacent woodland.

    They will come really close to people and houses. There are many in and near Harlow (Essex), Broxbourne (Herts) and all along the River Stort and Lee Valley Park-lands. You can see them at all times of day.

    They can do a fair bit of damage with those tusks; I try and keep out of their way to be honest and my dog wears a bell when he's off-lead to encourage them (and other wildlife) to move away.

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  • 10. At 4:35pm on 30 Oct 2008, windjaybird wrote:

    simon said that they think the deer travel along the train lines, and there is a train line near where we saw the m.j deer, i had heard before that they thought that grey squirrels travelled that way too.

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  • 11. At 4:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, yewandsue wrote:

    We have muntjacs at a property we own in Redditch (B97 5JS). Wire Hill wood and Rough Hill wood surround the property. We live in Worcester but have the property mentioned on the market.

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  • 12. At 4:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, dugthedog wrote:

    I live in the Chiltern Forrest near Reading. I see often see Muntjacs in broad daylight while out walking my dog. Its also common to see them foraging by the side of the road at night. They seem to co-exist quite happily with the fallow deer that I see much less often. Typically if I see a Muntjac it will keeps its distance but not run away. The Fallow deer will run off as soon as they know I am there.
    I have not noticed any damage to the extensive crops of bluebells we get every spring.

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  • 13. At 4:37pm on 30 Oct 2008, Fabapocalypse wrote:

    Hmm just read my comment again and am wondering if - because of my location - I've got ASBO muntjac!

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  • 14. At 4:41pm on 30 Oct 2008, TriciaWeaver wrote:

    We often have Muntjac deers come into our garden. We live in Ecchinswell, near Newbury. (Hampshire)

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  • 15. At 4:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, jan-phil wrote:

    I regularly see muntjac in Chalkney Woods at Earls Colne, Essex. They are quite confident in these woods and have been there for the past 24 years that I have lived here. Was lucky enough to see two males rutting one day.

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  • 16. At 4:44pm on 30 Oct 2008, noprob93 wrote:

    Muntjac sightings: we see quite alot of Muntjac in small villages just outside of King's Lynn, Norfolk (Dersingham, Sandringham, West Newton, Amner, Wolferton)
    We have also seen them in Thetford.

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  • 17. At 4:45pm on 30 Oct 2008, KatyNewt wrote:

    I've seen muntjac near Stanstead Abbots in Herts

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  • 18. At 4:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, Berkshireone wrote:

    We saw a muntjac this week in our garden, in Tilehurst, Reading. Our garden backs onto open woodland.

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  • 19. At 4:47pm on 30 Oct 2008, matt-john wrote:

    we have seen muntjacs at:
    ashridge forest, buckinghamshire;
    the lodge RSPB reserve, bedfordshire; college lake wildlife trust reserve, buckinghamshire;
    blow's downs wildlife trust reserve, bedfordshire,
    and at minsmere RSPB reserve, suffolk.

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  • 20. At 4:48pm on 30 Oct 2008, johnnylarner wrote:

    Leicestershire is full of them , they are common as sparrows here.

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  • 21. At 4:49pm on 30 Oct 2008, littleblackmore wrote:

    Living in Sandridge, on the outskirts of Melksham (SN12 7QS) we frequently hear Muntjacs bark at night and they visit our garden. One morning my husband found one in the garage!

    We also get visits from Roe deer throughout the year.

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  • 22. At 4:49pm on 30 Oct 2008, newmorayview wrote:

    Muntjac are common around Hertford Heath and one visits our garden in the autumn, spring and winter. It has obviously been hit by something at some time but is quite happy wandering around our garden and along the road even in daylight. It will come right up to the french windows to eat carrot that is left out for it.

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  • 23. At 4:52pm on 30 Oct 2008, pinksusieq wrote:

    We very often see Muntjac where we keep our horses near a landfill site in North Wiltshire. The horses let us know when they are about as they are often 'spooked' by them. We have also had three or four Fallow Deer sharing the grazing with the horses. Other wildlife we see are Buzzards, Hobbys, Owls, Kestrels, Woodpeckers, Badgers and a Red Kite! It's amazing being so near to a very busy landfill site.

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  • 24. At 4:56pm on 30 Oct 2008, Pointwood wrote:

    We have muntjac come into our garden in Letchworth, and they are also common in the rest of North Hertfordshire.

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  • 25. At 4:59pm on 30 Oct 2008, ChrisJLees wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac on the road south of Snowshill Lavender Farm near Broadway in Gloucestershire

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  • 26. At 5:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, danish36 wrote:

    We have muntjak in our gardent frequently, a single female usually comes 3-4 days every week, often sleeping here between feeding.

    We also have males, sometimes young males and females, always alone though.

    Last year we had a baby muntjak born in our garden, and had the new baby, mum and a large male in the garden most of the day during/after birth. We watched mum chasing squirrels away when they got too close, the squirrels were nearly as big as baby.

    We have hours of video and hundreds of photos, and we live in a modern house by another 10 houses, in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. We just love them and name them all...

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  • 27. At 5:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, Wildlife Filmer Adam wrote:

    Hi Stephan,

    I've seen Muntjac in a place called Barnt Green, very close to the Licky Hills Country Park.






    Wildlife Filmer Adam

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  • 28. At 5:02pm on 30 Oct 2008, Wildlife Filmer Adam wrote:

    Sorry, I meant *Stephen.

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  • 29. At 5:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, bighairrachel wrote:

    we have muntjac at the bottom of our garden in wakes colne.we have seen mother and baby in spring.now we are seeing them eating and resting in the ivy.

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  • 30. At 5:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, platypus wrote:

    we have seen Muntjac at Fowlmere RSPB nature reserve, Cambridgeshire

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  • 31. At 5:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, louiseandgreg wrote:

    Hi, we see a lot of Muntjac deer in Hatfield Forest near Bishops Stortford in Herts. Early one Sunday morning saw 4 in about 5 mins -also, a lot of Fallow deer (especially in the middle of the roads!)

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  • 32. At 5:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, Andreesiberian wrote:

    See Muntjacs 2-3 times a week training huskys in Hevingham & Bacton Woods nr Norwich.
    Also last Autumn saw a white Red Deer Stag with two white Hinds whilst on the A11 near Thetford.

    Brilliant programme

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  • 33. At 5:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, martinthefisherman wrote:

    While untangling my fishing line on the banks of Swinsty Reservoir, near Harrogate in Yorkshire, a muntjac came with 30 yards of me before getting my scent. This was about four or five years ago and the deer was so close it was very easy to identify - yet a so-called expert told me there were no muntjac in Yorkshire!

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  • 34. At 5:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, iansokennon wrote:

    We have two small deers they look similar to your Wednesday programme,
    They seem to be there more or less permenatly, for some months two or three have been visible at odd times during the day. This morning two seemed to be having a play fight. Last year there was a family, two full grown rather larger than your display but with the two horns and one young one.

    Two years ago we had a short visit from a larger deer with a fine spread of antler I assume a fallow deer.

    The garden is a medium size with woods and a beck. North Lancashire

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  • 35. At 5:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, redrexham wrote:

    I have seen a Muntjac on Wrexham Industrial Estate, it was a Sunday, but didn't expect to see a deer on the road.

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  • 36. At 5:25pm on 30 Oct 2008, Cripplestraw wrote:

    Can you explain why the squirrel plays along and runs up one pole to the original table, then across the rope ladder to the second table. Why doesn't he just skip along the ground, taking the shortest path, and run up the pole to the second table to reach the nuts?

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  • 37. At 5:27pm on 30 Oct 2008, tinkerswood wrote:

    There are lots of muntjacs in the woods around High Wycombe. Our house backs onto woodland and we had 2 - a male (no tusks but one broken and one bent antler) and a female just this morning. We usually see family groups during the summer.

    They are bad news for gardeners! I have to construct netting fences round my runner beans and tie twists of human hair to my roses and raspberries to keep them off them. They do not like the smell and it seems to work. Enzymes in their saliva can kill rose bushes, apparently.

    Despite this it is still delightful to see them. We also see plenty of roe deer when we go walking in the Chilterns countryside.

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  • 38. At 5:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, Skylark wrote:

    I have seen one muntjac deer in Merton, North Devon - I was at a Heavy Horses show on the Clinton Estate & saw one running incredibly fast along the edge of the woods there - some lady actually pointed it out to me, it was the size of a fox, maybe a bit taller, but boy could it run!

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  • 39. At 5:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, sweetanorf wrote:

    Small groups of muntjac are frequently sighted during daylight in open fields around Gimmingham near the north Norfolk coast. Their distinctive high pitched 'bark' can be heard around residential gardens near the fields at night.

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  • 40. At 5:32pm on 30 Oct 2008, susanat40 wrote:

    we have seen muntyacs in sandringham,Norfolk.

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  • 41. At 5:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, Iceybud wrote:

    There are muntjac deer in the village where my parents live, on the Suffolk/Essex border. They are often seen near woods on the Suffolk side of the border and in the more northern woods of the village. Recently I had a muntjac run into the road in front of me, it was beautiful. I have seen many in this village for several years, they seem to have become quite successful in this area.

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  • 42. At 5:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, Lilstarling wrote:

    We have seen Munjac tracks at Bosbury wood and have heard them at Bolston wood, both in Herefordshire.

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  • 43. At 5:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, richard_storer wrote:

    Frequently see muntjac around our farm in Suffolk. Have never heard one bark but last year heard what sounded like a baby being murdered round the back of one of our farm buildings and found a muntjac trapped with its head stuck in stock fencing. I released it and it immediately vanished into shrubs. I believe they have poor eyesight as I have often seen one on open ground before it has seen me and by standing still they have come quite close before realising a human was present. The visual feature that I have found most noticeable is the large white tails of the bucks. They hold them erect like the plume worn by Royal Horse Artillery officers in full dress and, unlike the tusks or facial markings, you can see them over large distances. I don't know whether the buck's tails are displayed throughout the year.

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  • 44. At 5:38pm on 30 Oct 2008, ladysarahandjo wrote:

    Hi I live in North Devon and I hear them in the woodland where I live

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  • 45. At 5:38pm on 30 Oct 2008, LondonMittens123 wrote:

    We often have muntjac at our home in Cookham Dean in Berkshire. We are quite near 'the Wild Woods'. Once we had 3 in our garden at the same time. Our cats are rather bemused by them!

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  • 46. At 5:40pm on 30 Oct 2008, HinxworthMiles wrote:

    The ugly blighters have made it over the border from Bedfordshire into North Herts as well.

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  • 47. At 5:42pm on 30 Oct 2008, ASWren wrote:

    We have had a Muntjac [called 'Monty'] in our garden in Lowestoft and it took a liking to eating the leaves of our rose bushes for 3 days. Also there was Muntjac at the rear of my Pharmacy which overlooks the most easterly point in Britain and we had it removed by the Hopton wildlife hospital.
    Finally I have seen several on our golf course at Gorelston. Golf courses seem to be a haven for Muntjac

    Tony Wren

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  • 48. At 5:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, coolhawthorn wrote:

    hi i work at cockfosters tube depot in enfield
    n.london and often see two muntjacks along the sidings. pete

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  • 49. At 5:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, missdaylilytulip wrote:

    Living just down the road in Swanage I have seen muntjac running acoss the Studland road when returning from the ferry.

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  • 50. At 5:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, pengpengzoom wrote:

    I saw a muntjac deer coming out of Frimley Lodge Park in Surrey this year. I didn't know what it was so went to see the park ranger. He told me that they are quite common and that they come across from Windsor Great Park.

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  • 51. At 5:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, greyzigdex wrote:

    i now live about 5mins from peterborough city centre and in the boardwalks there are munjtac deer i used to live in holme village about 20mins from here by car and they live in holmewood quite happily

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  • 52. At 5:47pm on 30 Oct 2008, whiskeywalk wrote:

    I've seen Muntjacs a couple of times in the 'Felley' woodlands adjacent to the M1 motorway (between junctions 26 and 27) in Nottinghamshire.

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  • 53. At 5:56pm on 30 Oct 2008, jimhorro wrote:

    Muntjacs are frequently seen in my in-laws garden in Tadley, Hampshire. In the last three days we have seen two pairs and one single.

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  • 54. At 5:59pm on 30 Oct 2008, stjohnshouse wrote:

    When we lived in Quendon just outside Saffron Walden in Essex, muntjac were the most common visitors to our garden which was in the middle of woods either side of the Cambridge road. They got in under the hedge. I believe they had originally been escapees from Mole Hall, a nearby wildlife park. They merrily stripped everything edible from the vegetable garden - even worse than wood pigeons and rabbits.
    Sadly, they were also the most common road traffic accident victims- the road from Stansted to Saffron Walden is a racetrack.


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  • 55. At 6:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, natureboyo wrote:

    My wife and I watched a muntjac this afternoon in the field next to our garden here in Hundon, Suffolk. It or another has been seen many times before. But only seen not heard. The field is part of a stud farm with gentle mares. When an army helicopter flew over the deer look up briefly and then disappeared into the hedgerow on the path of the local fox family.

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  • 56. At 6:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, granmasupergran wrote:

    i regularly see a muntjac in the cuddington area in bucks.

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  • 57. At 6:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, ClaydonBailey wrote:

    I've seen Muntjac in a garden in South Bretton Peterborough. I think it came from the Milton Farm Estate and crossed the dual carriageway using the overhead footbridge.

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  • 58. At 6:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, theladyofthelake wrote:

    I live in Bovingdon on the Herts/Bucks borders..we have muntjacs here in the woods on the edge of the village. In the mornings driving through the villages of Flaunden and Latimer I often see them.

    And one Christmas Eve in the Waitrose car park in Chesham at about 6.15am one made its way across the tarmac - only to reappear to the bemusement of the commuters waiting for the Met Line - walking along the edge of the track. Fortunately it took fright and bounded off into the trees. No-one would have believed us if our tube had been delayed on Christmas Eve by a deer - even if it wasn't a reindeer

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  • 59. At 6:07pm on 30 Oct 2008, raydom wrote:

    Hi,
    Im a park ranger and I have seen numerous muntjac in different parks. Last year at the Wyre Forest, near Kidderminster around October time and also this summer at Coombe Country Park east of Coventry.
    Hope this info can help.

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  • 60. At 6:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, joeflyer wrote:

    I see and hear muntjac quite often. Last one four days ago in harefield middx,just
    inside m25 junction 17

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  • 61. At 6:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, buzzardchemist wrote:

    I live in North Wootton near Kings Lynnin Norfolk and I believe the area of woodland near to my home (North Wootton Woods) is home to a number of the Mintjac deer. I first saw one about 18 months ago. It was just sitting in the path until I approached and then it went into the undergrowth. I looked it up and identified it as a Muntjac. This year I have seen these deer on at least 5 occasions this year. I would therefore surmise that the population of these deer is increasing significantly.

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  • 62. At 6:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, hpiper wrote:

    I've seen them around Harpenden (Herts), Studham (Beds) and surrounding country roads.

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  • 63. At 6:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, JillofWym wrote:

    We've seen numerous Muntjac along the A11 corridor, particularly around Thetford in Norfolk.

    Recently saw one sloping through a hedge down a local lane near the village of Hethersett.

    They seem quite common here!

    Jill

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  • 64. At 6:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, aerokazia wrote:

    I often see muntjac deer early morning and evening around East Harling, Norfolk and in Eye, Suffolk. The last time was last evening when one cross the road in front of me.

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  • 65. At 6:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, twilightiii wrote:

    weve had then in our garden, Streetly Sutton Coldfield B74. were a few hundred yards from sutton park where there is a lot of muntjacks. a railway line runs through the park and two gardens away from our house which makes us think that they are coming along the railway line (as discussed in the program)

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  • 66. At 6:18pm on 30 Oct 2008, arteann wrote:

    I'm writing on behalf of my Auntie who doesn't have a computer.
    She regularly sees 2 muntjac deer feeding on apples in her garden which backs onto Alice Holt Forest, Holt Pound in Hampshire.

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  • 67. At 6:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, newDucklady wrote:

    I live in Wroughton, near Swindon, Wilts. I often see Roe deer in the Woodland Trust fairly newly planted forest on the edge of the village when walking my dog; I am fairly sure I have seen muntjacs too. The 1st one I saw
    I thought it was a dog because it was so small! I think they retreat to Clouts
    Wood nearby - a much more established forest.

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  • 68. At 6:24pm on 30 Oct 2008, dorsetnag wrote:

    muntjac are around in dorset. about 4 miles from poole

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  • 69. At 6:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, deboba wrote:

    My husband and I have both seen a muntjac deer by the Mill Stream in Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich.

    This is a local nature reserve close to Foxhall Stadium, home of Ipswich Witches Speedway team.

    We think it is a female and one or other of us has seen it on 5 occasions over the last year

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  • 70. At 6:30pm on 30 Oct 2008, BiggyKitty wrote:

    We regularly see muntjacs in the Stroud Valleys in Glos. Unfortunately most sightings are when they run across the road when you're driving, they seem to be most active from about 1730hrs onwards.

    Although it's not a muntjac, below are links to a story in our local papers about deer being spotted living on a roundabout in Gloucester, the article does mention that muntjacs are causing a problem with deer, as there is not enough management of them. I have seen muntjacs in the vicinity of the roundabout so would not be surprised if they don't visit it as well.

    http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/seen-roundabout-deer-Barnwood/article-356970-detail/article.html

    http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/Oh-deer-sight/article-382964-detail/article.html

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  • 71. At 6:30pm on 30 Oct 2008, bartbaby123 wrote:

    i currently work in an open prison near Redditch and i regularly see muntjac deer in and around the woods/lake that surrounds the prison. You can also hear the distinctive barking noise as dusk approaches.

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  • 72. At 6:32pm on 30 Oct 2008, oingy-boingy wrote:

    I've seen muntjac deer when I go out riding on ponies, between Wisbech and peterborough in Cambridgeshire. They don't seem to 'see' the human and don't find horses threatening so they'll just watch calmly as we pass them, or even if we stop to watch them back. I've seen four fairly close in the last couple of years, and other more distant sightings (which can't have been anything else, far too small to be roes) and I look at their tracks every time I ride off-road down a particular track. Sadly we also came across a dead one once, hit by a car, at a distance I thought it was a gingery colour long-legged dog, so I went to have a look incase it had a collar tag with a phone number so I could let the owners know the bad news, but it was a muntjac, very sad to see but also interesting to see and touch one so close up. No, I don't go round prodding dead animals usually, I was just curious what deer's fur felt like!

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  • 73. At 6:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, angelsparky22 wrote:

    Muntjacs are regular visitors at the bottom of our garden (Sible Hendingham North Essex) in a field that is over grown apart from an area we have cleared near our garden fence, only this morning I saw a male , female and two young all viewed from my bathroom window it is great see and I love being able to view them without disturbing them.

    On occasion they venture into the garden the only problem with that is some of my flowers disappear!!

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  • 74. At 6:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, horseyd wrote:

    I ride around the Belbroughton, Dodford, Chaddesley area of Worcestershire and regularly see muntjac. Have seen as many as ten together, but more usually only one or two. Haven't seen any in the past two weeks though.

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  • 75. At 6:45pm on 30 Oct 2008, barney wrote:

    Muntjac can be seen around Tewin - East of Welwyn Garden City


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  • 76. At 6:45pm on 30 Oct 2008, Cat =] wrote:

    Yes, we get the odd muntjac in our garden - in Bedfordshire.

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  • 77. At 6:49pm on 30 Oct 2008, neoquin wrote:

    Muntjac have been seen on the side of the M1, where this borders the Grand Union Canal and the railway in Northamptonshire in a small wooded area. The exact place is a hamlet called Muscott about three miles east of Daventry. There is a bridal path that crosses all three, rail, road and canal and they have been seen numerous times in the spot.

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  • 78. At 6:51pm on 30 Oct 2008, burbagebear wrote:

    I live in Hinckley in Leicestershire and work in a distribution centre on an industrial estate in the town. I have seen Muntjacs on a piece of wasteground right next to my warehouse, where lorries are frequently passing by!

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  • 79. At 6:53pm on 30 Oct 2008, magpiejoey wrote:

    my son almost lives in woods,and loves wildlife, hes seen muntjacs at leighpark gardens,havant hampshire. And said thier quite distinctive. on watching your programme he confirmed what he saw.

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  • 80. At 6:55pm on 30 Oct 2008, Mika36Magnus wrote:

    Hi, we live in South Wiltshire and have seen Muntjac next to the A350 near Willoughby Hedge and also at Ladydown between Tisbury and Chilmark. They are fantastic little deer and I'm glad to have them in my area :-).

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  • 81. At 6:56pm on 30 Oct 2008, thikasika wrote:

    I saw a single Muntjac deer in mid-July in the Dersingham Nature Reserve, north Norfolk. I only spotted it in the long grass because I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye. It was not at all shy of me and I took several photos of it. Someone subsequently told me that Muntjacs come from the nearby Sandringham Estate.

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  • 82. At 7:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, skylinea wrote:

    We live in Swindon town and our garden backs onto the wilts&berks canal. We see Muntjacs regularly, even resting by our swimming pool while we are sitting outside not more than 15 yards away. And they are well behaved - they dont eat the flowers or the bluebells and seem to do very little damage at all. We are happy to have them in our garden.

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  • 83. At 7:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, strangeIndy wrote:

    We have seen muntjacs regular in adjancent field close to Woodbury Common for many years Nr Exeter in devon.

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  • 84. At 7:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, peterjallen wrote:

    I live in Marks Tey, a village 5 miles west of Colchester Essex which is dived by two main trunk roads, the A12 &A120
    We have quite large numbers of Muntjac deer in the fields around the village and have even seen one in the garden of the village pub !

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  • 85. At 7:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, gintymum wrote:

    have had them in my garden in South cambridgeshire

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  • 86. At 7:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, PeteCollins wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac in various places in Beds, Bucks, Herts and Oxon. Here is a list of dates and places where I've seen them:

    10/09/08 Therfield, Herts.
    21/07/08 Ashridge, Herts.
    21/07/08 Berkhamstead Common, Herts.
    21/05/08 Coneybank Wood, Great Missenden, Bucks
    21/05/08 Lawrence Grove Wood, nr Prestwood, Bucks.
    8/05/08 Shrubbs Wood, Hastoe, Herts
    5/09/07 Near Whaddon, Bucks
    1/08/07 Woburn Sands, Beds
    30/07/07 Near Astwood, Bucks.
    2/06/07 Commonhill Wood, Ibstone, Bucks.
    11/03/07 Oakley Wood, Oakley, Bucks
    13/02/07 Near Quainton, Bucks
    1/02/07 Between A41 and Ludgershall, Bucks
    26/10/06 Bramfield Woods, Herts.
    21/04/06 Northill, Beds.
    14/04/06 Eversholt, Beds.
    26/07/05 Church Wood, Cookley Green, Oxon
    22/07/05 Great Chalk Wood, Goring, Oxon
    20/07/05 Near Collins End, Oxon
    4/07/05 Near Marley Bottom, Bucks.

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  • 87. At 7:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, DrLegs wrote:

    I know for sure that they're getting on happily in Fairford in Gloucestershire.

    It's quite partial to the bird feeder that's meant to be for the ducks...

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  • 88. At 7:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, Alanrossiter wrote:

    We regularly (more often in Spring and with young) get muntjac in our garden at the foot of Clent Hills North Worcestershire and virtually nightly hear their calls from the woods. Very common.

    Alan Rossiter

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  • 89. At 7:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, SamsJ-Nine wrote:

    We see Muntjacs here in North Warwickshire (near Coleshill). Usually their rear ends as they dissappear through a hedge!

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  • 90. At 7:39pm on 30 Oct 2008, debbie-webby wrote:

    I saw a muntjac in Redditch next to a busy dual carriageway at 3 o'clock one July afternoon.
    I thought it was a fox so stopped the car wondering what it was doing out in the afternoon only to realise it was a deer.
    Incidentally on the same stretch of road I've had to wait for a roe deer to stop panicking and run along the road before it ran into a housing estate!

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  • 91. At 7:39pm on 30 Oct 2008, lemurs12 wrote:

    We live in High Wycombe, just off a dual-carriageway. Not only are Muntjac common they are getting more and more open and brazen. A pair is regular in ours and the two adjecent gardens where they lie-up in broad daylight and even come right up to our conservatory to feed. We have also had Roe Deer and the size difference was spectacular. Our Muntjac are also very photogenic.

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  • 92. At 7:44pm on 30 Oct 2008, DuzzyHarnser wrote:

    I’ve seen Muntjac deer in north Suffolk. The first time was a herd running across a field just north of Blythburgh during the night time. Recently I saw a pair during the daytime in Darsham.

    In the south of Suffolk it’s invariably Red Deer that I’ve actually seen (and plenty of them too) but I’ve heard that an unspecified species of deer is coming along the train lines at night right into Ipswich and raiding the allotments. I’ve certainly heard a call like a Muntjac in the area around these allotments in Ipswich at night time. I didn’t realise what the call was until I heard it on Autumn Watch last night.

    The species I’ve seen most regularly is definitely the Red Deer which seems very common in Suffolk. I even found myself in the middle of a herd on the move once, whilst walking through woods near Woodbridge. I’ve seen Fallow Deer as well and possibly a Chinese Water Deer at Minsmere (could’ve been another Muntjac though). Strangely, I’ve never seen any Roe Deer.

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  • 93. At 7:47pm on 30 Oct 2008, oldairbourne wrote:

    simon,re the muntjac deer,i live in hertford heath and we often see then while out walking in the wood, last friday we saw a mother and a very small youngster trotting along one of the paths,sometimes at night and in the early mornings we can hear them barking

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  • 94. At 7:48pm on 30 Oct 2008, stevenug wrote:

    We have seen and heard Muntjacs in the woodland around Woodhall Spa Lincolnshire.

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  • 95. At 7:50pm on 30 Oct 2008, linalf wrote:

    several sightings of muntjac deer near the village of Wendlebury just south of Bicester in Oxfordshire.

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  • 96. At 7:51pm on 30 Oct 2008, Long_Knowle_Wolves wrote:

    Muntjac deer spotted on Westcroft Special School playing field in north east Wolverhampton on 2 October.
    One side of school is a council estate, another is a row of private houses and a busy main road

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  • 97. At 7:57pm on 30 Oct 2008, metal_pixie wrote:

    Sutton Park in the West Midlands have some muntjac. And although I have not seen them I have most definitely heard them!

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  • 98. At 8:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, mightyshoulders wrote:

    Hi, we live in Caversham, Berks, close to the Thames and have a family of Muntjac which visits regularly. They venture close to the house and feast on any flower available. We often hear their distinctive bark.

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  • 99. At 8:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, Liz4Muntjac wrote:

    At least one muntjac lives in the overgrown grounds of an abandoned farmhouse in centre of Ashwell in North Herts. The property's owner has recently passed away and we suspect that the valuable land will be sold to developers for housing. Would there be any protection for the Muntjac's habitat?

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  • 100. At 8:10pm on 30 Oct 2008, BigKateLive wrote:

    I have seen a muntjac at night by the side of the road in the Wyre Forest, North Worcestershire.

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  • 101. At 8:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, littleHillyk wrote:

    We have Muntjac deer in Rendlesham Forest Suffolk and in villages around Woodbridge Suffolk

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  • 102. At 8:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, jakemoo wrote:

    We have seen mukjack deer in Deeping St James Nature reserve near the river Welland.

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  • 103. At 8:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, TheNorthNorfolkers wrote:

    About 5 years ago, we started seeing muntjac just north of the A47, around our village of Beeston, in mid-Norfolk. There have been lots down in the Brecks for many years now, and all through the Thetford Forest, but friends who know a bit about deer said back then that the A47 acted like a barrier to them spreading. Well, not anymore (and probably not very likely back then either) and they are certainly about up here on the North Coast. Barking not uncommon, though sightings slightly harder, but we've seen them disappearing behind hedgerows, or slinking about on field edges.

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  • 104. At 8:19pm on 30 Oct 2008, hodgehegwatcher wrote:

    I think there are a few in Delamere forest and i saw one in Whitegate but i havent seen anything else in Cheshire i'll keep my eye out

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  • 105. At 8:21pm on 30 Oct 2008, auchrissie wrote:

    I live in Essex and often see Muntjac around Leaden Roding (Lords Wood), Good Easter, Fyfield and White Roding.

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  • 106. At 8:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, youngSweetP wrote:

    I play golf at The Manor House Golf Club, Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire and regularly hear and see muntjac around the course

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  • 107. At 8:24pm on 30 Oct 2008, thegillspies wrote:

    My parents have Muntjac deer regularly walking through their garden eating their flowers & bulbs! They live in a small village in Warwickshire called Priors Marston. Love the programme - thanks for all your hard work. :-)

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  • 108. At 8:28pm on 30 Oct 2008, klkingham13 wrote:

    They are very common around the village of Ettington just outside Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire. In fact we saw one last night along the road

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  • 109. At 8:30pm on 30 Oct 2008, flamespittingcobra wrote:

    I saw a creature a couple of months back on Ross-on-Wye Golf Club in the Dymock Woods, Herefordshire. At the time i wasn't sure what it was, small dear, a boar perhaps, it didn't seem quite right for either. Having seen the program the other night I'm now certain that it was a Muntjac.

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  • 110. At 8:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, gemzin wrote:

    hi, we have seen many sightings of muntjacs in cannock chase in staffordshire. they have been grazing by the side of the quiet roads as we have drive by.

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  • 111. At 8:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, foxend wrote:

    We have Muntjack in Ashby Magna, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

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  • 112. At 8:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, coolmistymoo wrote:

    Hi. For a number of years I have always spotted muntjac if I have been travelling to or from my parents house in Bedfordshire at night. When it is dark you can see them near the side of the road between Millbrook and Ridgmont.
    There must be quite a few of them as I don't think I have ever done this journey without spotting them.

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  • 113. At 8:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, MrDandare wrote:

    Isaw a couple of muntjacs last year in Hadley Wood at the top end of high barnet

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  • 114. At 8:41pm on 30 Oct 2008, rocklittlebunny wrote:

    Hi, We haven often seen and heard muntjacs in the woods around Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire. They are often about in the early evenings.

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  • 115. At 8:42pm on 30 Oct 2008, HIslandwatcher wrote:

    On Saturday 25th October at 2.40 pm, we saw 1 male and 1 female muntjak deer on a field just off West Lane on Hayling Island in Hampshire.

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  • 116. At 8:44pm on 30 Oct 2008, Joyvid wrote:

    We regularly see Muntjacs in our garden and have photos. We live just off the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead.
    They also appear on the 14th fairway at a local golf club

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  • 117. At 8:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, cotswoldclaire wrote:

    Found skulls around town of Winchcombe and on Cleeve Common.
    Saw one today whilst on pheasant shoot between Alstone,Dixton and Oxenton in Gloucestershire.

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  • 118. At 8:50pm on 30 Oct 2008, indy2004uk wrote:

    i have seen a group of 3 and a group of 5 muntjaks in a wood which is used for our field archery course on the outskirts of norwich and most club members have had them run across in front of them when driving down the track to the clubs carpark and hut. the area is known as thorpe end,

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  • 119. At 8:52pm on 30 Oct 2008, Silent_Hoof_Hearted wrote:

    This time last year, I saw a lone Muntjac on an estate of dense firs. It is on an unclassified road between the west end of the Windyedge straight off the A9, a few miles west of Perth. This road eventually ends up after about 4 miles at Kinkell Bridge on the B8062, near Auchterarder. We had a staring contest before it casually wandered away into the thicket.

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  • 120. At 8:55pm on 30 Oct 2008, lordangrymoose wrote:

    We have Muntjac in Letchworth Garden City, many stags and does. Two weeks ago we had one that got caught in the thickets on the allotment at the bottom of our garden, my what a noise

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  • 121. At 8:58pm on 30 Oct 2008, moryia2k wrote:

    this evening whilst working in a school in the middle of kings lynn, norfolk i have seen a munjac, it was running across the school field. the school is right in the centre of the town, 1.5 miles from any countryside.

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  • 122. At 8:58pm on 30 Oct 2008, communiverse wrote:

    Muntjac seen in Galashiels, Scottish Borders.

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  • 123. At 8:59pm on 30 Oct 2008, sarahnjill wrote:

    Hi, we have seen muntjacs while walking the dog in Heath Hayes, Cannock, Staffordshire at a place called Bleakhouse.

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  • 124. At 8:59pm on 30 Oct 2008, Rob Ward wrote:

    I found a muntjac stuck in some wooden slats on my neighbours gate in Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.
    With the help of a forestry ranger, I managed to free it.

    Rob

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  • 125. At 8:59pm on 30 Oct 2008, taylorm12 wrote:

    i see munkjaks in the arbury hall woods in nuneaton warks.

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  • 126. At 9:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, tansywhitebytts wrote:

    lots of muntjac in Lane End and Frieth area in buckinghamshire. Almost daily in our garden

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  • 127. At 9:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, Deerspotter wrote:

    We have a male and female regularly visiting our garden in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire. They come for the roses, bird seed and drink from the bird bath...

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  • 128. At 9:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, newmumofbea wrote:

    I had a muntjac visit my garden every day for a week this summer to have lunch in my orchard. She was even happy to dine with the neighbours cat and got within about 50m of the house. I live near Henley on Thames in South Oxfordshire and we see them quite regularly around here.

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  • 129. At 9:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, Stentiford wrote:

    In 2006 a muntjac deer was found dead on the road in Linton near Wetherby, Leeds. :)

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  • 130. At 9:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, thenonsmashable wrote:

    My Grandfather has Muntjac on his farm in Wigginton, near Hook Norton. He also has Roe Deer.

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  • 131. At 9:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, missmayte wrote:

    Muntjac are all over the wood around Stevenage. Hertfordshire.

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  • 132. At 9:02pm on 30 Oct 2008, Lothlorien13 wrote:

    I see muntjacs regularly near Royston Hertfordshire and Saffron Walden Essex.

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  • 133. At 9:02pm on 30 Oct 2008, HelenHezza wrote:

    We have lots of Muntjac deer in Wendover, Bucks. We mainly see them up in the beech woods and surrounding courntryside but have also spotted them at the bottom of our garden. They can be heard barking on most nights.

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  • 134. At 9:02pm on 30 Oct 2008, liquidthick wrote:

    I have seen 2 muntjacs near Fairford Gloustershire. They were on the edge of the woods by the road between Fairford and Marston Meysey. I have seen them a couple of times.

    A number of little egrets also visit Fairford and the surrounding area (I think about 6).

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  • 135. At 9:03pm on 30 Oct 2008, sarahcoop wrote:

    I spot muntjacs on my walks with my dog nearly every day in Brandon Wood, Warwickshire (nr Coventry). One pair spotted last weekend browsing on some grass, usually spotted alone.

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  • 136. At 9:03pm on 30 Oct 2008, dennyoffroad wrote:

    MUNTJAC Sightings - Hi we live in Sheringham, North Norfolk we are lucky enough to regularly see muntjac in our garden generally a single one but on occasion a pair. They dont even seem to be put off by our dogs when they are in the garden then pass through onto wooded common ground that we back onto,

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  • 137. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, friendlysnowboard wrote:

    Common around North Cambridgeshire, North Northamptonshire area. Even remember them around Ramsey, Cambs 7 or 8 years back.

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  • 138. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, noahandjude wrote:

    We saw a baby muntjac and the mother in early summer, hiding in fern by the River Slea at Haverholme Park near Sleaford in Lincolnshire

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  • 139. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, LedburyLovely wrote:

    My Partner James saw Muntjac whilst out on his Falconry Day back in February. He was out toward Newent in Gloucestershire.

    Unfortunately we have also both seen one dead on the side of the road on the Malvern Hills.

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  • 140. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, jeff365 wrote:

    I saw a Muntjac on broad town hill near woottonbassett.

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  • 141. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, orcabay wrote:

    We see muntjac in our garden from time to time, most recently 6 days ago. We live 3 miles to the east of the City of Bath.

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  • 142. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, tinaprice wrote:

    My daughter tells me that she regularly sees muntjac, when out riding locally, in the farmland between Southam, and Priors Marsden, Warwickshire.

    They also amble across the road between these two locations, mostly at dusk.

    She says she has also seen them the othere side of the town, between Southam and Bascote.

    Now I know what they sound like i know what I have been hearing from time to time!

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  • 143. At 9:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, friendlygardens wrote:

    We have seen muntjacs in Oxford for many years now, but this year is different because we have two baby muntjacs (from different families) visiting our rather overgrown, large, but fairly central city garden.
    They often come during the morning, not early, and are becoming much less shy.
    Worth losing a bit of foliage, because they are such lovely animals.

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  • 144. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, chrismort wrote:

    Muntjac's around woods and fields around Barrow, Bury St Edmunds. Can hear their barking noise in late evening

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  • 145. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, wildsmooner wrote:

    I have lived in Gloucestershire now for 7 years and went to College at Hartpury in Gloucester, i now live in a a tiny village just outside Wotton - Under -Edge and i am always on te lookout for wildlife. For the past two years i always see Muntjac in Tortworth and other local areas where i also always see Roe Deer, i go walking very regularily, they are magnificant animals and i could watch them all day and night - i wish i didn't have a full time job!!!

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  • 146. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, TooltimeTom wrote:

    We have them in the village of Holme in Holmewood. I often have the Muntjac visit mine and my neigbours garden. Unfortunately they like to sample my neighbours flowers and vegetables. Have also spotted in the woods during dusk when walking the dog.

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  • 147. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, N1gel_W00d wrote:

    Hi,
    We sometimes have Muntjac visit our garden. I have managed some fab photo's. We live in Wyre Piddle, Pershore, Worcester.

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  • 148. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, pitsford62 wrote:

    We have seen muntjac deer in our area of Northampton, within yards of our garden and close to an industrial estate. They didn't seem to mind us!

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  • 149. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, travelabout wrote:

    Muntjac deer in front garden on Greenham Common ...6am 29th Oct. Now I know what is barking...we thought it was a fox.

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  • 150. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, drozchick wrote:

    I saw a male muntjac deer in Ryton Woods, Warwickshire (approx 5 miles N of Leamington Spa).

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  • 151. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, cbwalks wrote:

    I live in the village of Kidmore End in South Oxfordshire. We have apple trees in our front garden, on a daily basis during autumn we have muntjac visiting to eat the windfalls, very often they come in pairs. They are so bold, they stroll in through the front gate and happily get on with their meal. Last year when there was a huge crop of apples they used to arrive promptly at 13.00 for lunch but they can be seen at anytime of the day.
    I felt for your reporter in Springwatch who spent hours early in the morning looking for them as I had seen them in my front garden that afternoon!

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  • 152. At 9:05pm on 30 Oct 2008, amont100 wrote:

    We have a large number of muntjacs around here, I see them crossing the roads most nights. North West of Norwich

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  • 153. At 9:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, ly085s wrote:

    Muntjac are regularly see in the Tortworth Estate close to Leyhill Prison

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  • 154. At 9:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, JanetteYaxley wrote:

    I've seen Muntjac quite a few times in the fields when walking the dog in Sutton, Norfolk.

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  • 155. At 9:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, jtoadt wrote:

    The muntjac on our farm - and neighbouring ones - are so common that we regularly see 3 or 4 when we are out in the fields. They are breeding well too. We are just outside Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire.

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  • 156. At 9:06pm on 30 Oct 2008, Sollybear11 wrote:

    I regularly see them when out with my dogs - I'm just outside Wantage in Oxfordshire - I'm also lucky enough to see larger deer as well - fallow? There's at least one barn owl where I walk as well - makes me truly glad I live in the country - I'm very lucky!

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  • 157. At 9:07pm on 30 Oct 2008, jdfwine wrote:

    We live opposite Cheshunt Park in Hertfordshire and frequently hear the bark at night. Have also seen them when walking the dog in the park in the early morning.

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  • 158. At 9:07pm on 30 Oct 2008, laurahowland wrote:

    We saw a Muntjac run out across the road in front of our car in Ketton, nr Stamford, South Lincs.

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  • 159. At 9:07pm on 30 Oct 2008, invisibleborn2bwild wrote:

    We live in a very rural part of Norfolk, and have muntjacs living in our garden and the orchard next door. In the spring we were lucky enough to see a young one with its mum wandering around - eating our peach tree!!

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  • 160. At 9:07pm on 30 Oct 2008, crissyb1 wrote:

    Hi.

    There are numerous Muntjac around the Wittering/ Thornhaugh area of Cambridgeshire.

    One unfortunately ran out in front of my car and it demolished the front bumper but didn't live.

    We have also seen them in the countryside outside Stratford upon Avon and also outside Cotgrave in Nottinghmshire.

    Love the show

    Crissyb1

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  • 161. At 9:07pm on 30 Oct 2008, privetshark wrote:

    We have muntjac deer in Bourne Lincolnshire. Bourne woods is roughly 400 acres.

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  • 162. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, tsunamiblack wrote:

    I've seen them in the woods round the Badminton Estate, South Glos.

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  • 163. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, wildpugz wrote:

    I have seen a lone muntjak deer a lot of times in scarborough. It seems to be living on a field near the woods and i often seen it when i am walking the dog in the morning.

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  • 164. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, geriann81 wrote:

    there's lots in peterborough.

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  • 165. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, thelovelysuperpippin wrote:

    There are muntjaks in Holkham in Norfolk.

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  • 166. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, EmzB83 wrote:

    Hi
    I live in HARWICH in ESSEX and had a muntjac deer in my garden a few weeks ago. It had fallen into the garden from about 8 foot, my garden backs into a railway line with no back entrance. The back wall is 8ft but with only a 1 or 2 foot drop the other side which is how we think it got in! I also see them quite often along the local by pass near Ramsey and Parkeston.

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  • 167. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, aunthunnynut wrote:

    muntjac are seen just outside Lincoln in an area called Swanpool fairly regularly.

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  • 168. At 9:08pm on 30 Oct 2008, John_Crowley wrote:

    We heard and then saw several Muntjack deer while walking around Sandringham Country Park near King's Lynn, Norfolk.

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  • 169. At 9:09pm on 30 Oct 2008, brugnspra wrote:

    munc jaks are incredibly common around the thames valley. especialy in summer.

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  • 170. At 9:09pm on 30 Oct 2008, lizzielincoln wrote:

    We live in a tiny village caled Hackthorn a few miles from Lincoln and have seen more and more Muntjac deer of the last couple of years. They seem to be quite shy but you have a good chance of seeing them first thing in the morning in the fields near the woods.

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  • 171. At 9:09pm on 30 Oct 2008, GrahamCanny wrote:

    I live in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire and was visited by a male Muntjac outside my window last year. I managed to get a few photos!

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  • 172. At 9:10pm on 30 Oct 2008, annieparreta wrote:

    I have seen a few Muntjac deer neer my house on the hills ,in Halstead Essex .
    I love seeing them runing passed some times the females have babies with them .

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  • 173. At 9:10pm on 30 Oct 2008, shepytina wrote:

    Munt jac deer are a common sight in Everleigh Woods, Nr. Pewsey, Wiltshire

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  • 174. At 9:10pm on 30 Oct 2008, porcato wrote:

    We have seen muntjak deer in the bluebell woods in Ugley, Essex. We also see a pair crossing the road in Saffron Walden!

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  • 175. At 9:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, feebee121 wrote:

    Hi, I live in Caversham, Berkshire and we regularly see one muntjac in our garden.

    I often go for a jog too and often see lone muntjacs wandering around gardens or crossing roads.

    We live near 2 golf courses and friends backing on to them see muntjac most days.

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  • 176. At 9:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, lesley211 wrote:

    We live in Letchworth, Hertfordshire and regularly have muntjac in the garden, they love the fallen apples at this time of year and geraniums in the summer. How long is the gestation period as we may be expecting the patter of tiny hooves. We have already had one baby, it was the size of a small dog and spotty.

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  • 177. At 9:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, privetshark wrote:

    We have muntjac deer in our garden in Bourne, Lincolnshire - we are fortunate enough to live backing onto Bourne woods, some 400 acres of woodland. Great show. Oliver.

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  • 178. At 9:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, Noel67 wrote:

    Muntjac seem to be doing well around Henley On Thames, my own sightings include Marsh Meadows Henley, Lambridge Woods Henley, also Chinnor Hill in Oxfordshire. I have even run into one on a residential public path on the outskirts of the town. Sadly also sometimes dead on the side of the local roads..

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  • 179. At 9:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, yorkshiresparrow wrote:

    We have a Muntjac population in Burnt Wood, part of the Wyre forest near Bewdley in Worcestershire.

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  • 180. At 9:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, Linda235 wrote:

    Muntjac deer are often seen at Northampton Golf Club. The club ajoins the Althorp estate. I saw what looked like Mother and youngster very close to the Althorp wall at the beginning of September.

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  • 181. At 9:12pm on 30 Oct 2008, dennyoffroad wrote:

    Sorry its Sheringham North norfolk again please dont forget to put a pin in the map for us!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you

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  • 182. At 9:12pm on 30 Oct 2008, brugnspra wrote:

    i see them a lot in the ares in and around reading.

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  • 183. At 9:12pm on 30 Oct 2008, twinklejoey76 wrote:

    While walking my dog in St Ives, Huntingdon yesturday, I saw a mutjack deer in the thicket. I am a dog walker and see many in Hemingford grey too. My sister lives in Hemingford and she said there is one that visits her garden and wakes the family up with it's bark.


    I go beating in Cockayne Hatley Potton and Barley Royston and have seen them in the woods there, also Fallow and Roe deer too.

    Michelle

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  • 184. At 9:12pm on 30 Oct 2008, mxsytfc wrote:

    We haven't seen any muntjac in several months but my wife and I both separately saw some today. One near Drayton Beauchamp and the other near Mentmore, in Bucks. They must have known they featured on Autmn Watch!

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  • 185. At 9:12pm on 30 Oct 2008, paulthegardner wrote:

    I have Muntjac in my garden in Kings Lynn. They have devasted my spring garden and are especially partial to the bluebells that I used to have!

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  • 186. At 9:12pm on 30 Oct 2008, Andy wrote:

    There are muntjak on the AONB at Cannock Chase as well as fallow deer. My sister in law also regularly has muntjak feasting on the laurels in her garden on the edge of Banbury, Oxfordshire.

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  • 187. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, yeldham01 wrote:

    We have resently had two sightings of muntjac deer in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. one of the deer was in the centre of the village while one was on the outskirts.

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  • 188. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, broompilot wrote:

    A single muntjac often appears in full view in our garden by the railway cutting at Broom Heath, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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  • 189. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, partyhardkatie wrote:

    we had a muntjac deer earlier this year in our garden which came as a shock. in this photo taken from our conservatory it is by the tree near the fence.

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  • 190. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, annieparreta wrote:

    Ive seen them a few imes in the morning in Halastesd Essex.

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  • 191. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, mgss wrote:

    We have had Muntjacs in and around Wantage and Grove in Oxfordshire. Unfortunately many have been hit over the last few years.

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  • 192. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, ChrisHeadteacher wrote:

    Here in Cambridgeshire, we have seen Munjacs in Connington Village, trotting across the road or peeping out of hedgerows, on the island at Houghton meadows (does this mean they can swim?), in the meadow at Houghton (our springer gave chase momentarily but had no chance) and on the Hemingford Grey side of the river. They are very small but agile!

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  • 193. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, mat12226 wrote:

    Hey all!

    I would strongly recommend a visit to the Ashridge Estate Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire area.

    The Ashridge Estate that surrounds this area is a 5,000-acre (20 km2) area of open countryside and woodland on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, with a rich variety of wildlife including fallow dear, muntjac and the renowned red kite. There is vast areas of mature woodlands with carpets of spring bluebells and fine autumnal displays.

    The estate is run by the Natural Trust, who maintain a lovely organic sense of management of the estate. This has allowed wildlife to propser.

    Muntjac are common site, and i see them every now and again either darting through my garden, stopping to nibble my plants in the summer and when i'm walking my dog in the woods.
    It's very rare to see more than one at any time, i believe they live mainly on their own!

    Once again have visit, to explore this hardly known of area, that derserves attention.

    All the best!

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  • 194. At 9:13pm on 30 Oct 2008, yorkshireinnorfolk wrote:

    I see muntacs regularly around ranworth in norfolk. The latest sighting was tonight thurs 31 oct

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  • 195. At 9:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, MarionP wrote:

    Northamptonshire. Between Rothwell & Desborough. Muntjac living in disused allotments and in larger copses etc. Also have been living in an overgrown area within the village centre but probably now scared off by building work.

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  • 196. At 9:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, ladydickydoughnut wrote:

    munjac seen today 2.place,Haddenham Cambs.

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  • 197. At 9:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, brugnspra wrote:

    i live in a place called pangbourne were there are hundreds of mutjack.

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  • 198. At 9:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, petesabloke wrote:

    A number of people have noted the muntjac in Hampshire and I can confirm that there are plenty in and around the Harewood Forest area, as well as Roe deer.

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  • 199. At 9:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, josted2007 wrote:

    I have seen a muntjac deer at close quarters in radstock , somerset. On land designated for housing.

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  • 200. At 9:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, woodlandwarden wrote:

    In April/May this year we saw muntjac deer, either one or sometimes two, in the fields near Trimpley Reservoir, Bewdley, Worcs. Last year they seemed to like eating the windfall perry pears on the farm, but ran off barking in alarm when I came upon them. I didn't think I was that scary!!
    Other wildlife here includes hares, stoats, badgers, slow worms, adders, owls, bats, kestrel, and a lovely flock of goldfinches regularly feeding on knapweed seeds each autumn.

    Carole

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  • 201. At 9:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, Joopdog wrote:

    I work at Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire. When I'm on nights we can hear the Muntjacs barking in the woods surrounding half the perimeter, that worries the prisoners, most of whom are townies who've never seen Deer of any species. We also see them on the cameras around the estate.

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  • 202. At 9:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, thehackingbarnesteam wrote:

    we saw a muntjac as we drove home it was in Westfield near Dereham, Norfolk it was crossing the road and then it went into a wooded area. We also saw one crossing the road near Shipdham in Norfolk.

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  • 203. At 9:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, Slippery-Sam wrote:

    We see plenty of Muntjacs here in Fulbourn, Cambs - in the nature reserve and in the village itself, and often hear them bark at night

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  • 204. At 9:16pm on 30 Oct 2008, norfolkbcs wrote:

    We are on the Norfolk - Suffolk border near Beccle. There are loads of muncjac deer around here. We see them all around Norfolk and North Suffolk when driving around. There are also lots around Dunwich in the NT land there.

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  • 205. At 9:16pm on 30 Oct 2008, BanrtGreener wrote:

    We regularly see Muntjac in our garden in Barnt Green, Worcestershire. We also see them in the nearby Lickey Woods.

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  • 206. At 9:16pm on 30 Oct 2008, lauraleks wrote:

    We have muntjac round where we live, we live in devon and i all ways hear it at night, there is a forest arount were we live. I dont konw how it got there?!

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  • 207. At 9:16pm on 30 Oct 2008, eelmoo wrote:

    saw a single Muntjac crossing the road in Cutthorpe, Chesterfield, Derbyshire about a month ago ... we are near to Chatsworth House where there are loads of Fallow, Red and Roe..... never seen a Muntjac before.

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  • 208. At 9:16pm on 30 Oct 2008, BraveNightsTemplar wrote:

    We have seen an individual Muntjac Deer in our back garden in Balsall Common, nr Coventry West Midlands (CV7). Last winter a trail developed across the lawn but we never saw it. This autumn we have seen it several times, looking quite timid shielded by the shrubs,

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  • 209. At 9:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, Jules_chick wrote:

    Hi there, I live in Bury not far from the town centre and next to a busy main road which leads into the Manchester City Centre, I haven't seen one of these deer but I have woken up at 3am in the morning and heard it. I didn't know what it was and have never heard anything like it and thought it sounded like some kind of dinosaur or alien!! after my mum told me about these being on the show I knew where it was !
    There is a cemetery close by to where I live which is where it could have come from - I'll certainly be listening out for it again !
    Julie Grewer
    Bury

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  • 210. At 9:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, Madonplants wrote:

    I saw a muntjac deer, back in february, driving through Little Barford, just outside St.Neots. It's the first one I have ever seen, alive that is. I saw a dead one, by the road, driving down the new bypass on the A421 to Bedford last year.

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  • 211. At 9:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, archcazza wrote:

    We have seen muntjac in the feilds opposite, and on occasions in our garden! - for the past 20 years. This is in Salfords, near Redhill, Surrey

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  • 212. At 9:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, silversussex wrote:

    I have seen muntjac in a few places...between bourton on the water and stow on the wold, huntley near gloucester and I'm pretty sure I have heard them in the woods by my home near Hereford

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  • 213. At 9:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, bravomike wrote:

    We see Muntjacs here almost daily - Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk. We often hear them 'barking' at night.

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  • 214. At 9:18pm on 30 Oct 2008, Sandycloxby wrote:

    By coincidence I saw a Muntjac this week. I know they are often seen over the allottments at the bottom of the lane I live in the village of Pytchley, Kettering in Northants, and have seen a few in tha last year. I also saw one by the Rushden and Diamonds business centre in Irthlingborough about 2/3 months ago; I think they must come down from Stanwick Lakes which is just next door. I understand they are prevelant in the Rockingham Forest area in general... unfortunately I have seen dead ones on the verge of the A14 in the Kettering and A43 towards Corby/Rockinham over the last 6 years, but I guess this proves they are there.

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  • 215. At 9:18pm on 30 Oct 2008, Lesley_H wrote:

    We have seen Muntjac on two occasions in the last week in the fields around Carlton Colville, Suffolk.

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  • 216. At 9:18pm on 30 Oct 2008, becsmum wrote:

    Hello,
    A muntjac crossed the path in front of me whilst walking at Holkham Nature Reserve on Monday 27th October so they've reached North Norfolk!

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  • 217. At 9:18pm on 30 Oct 2008, maxgrav wrote:

    muntjac deer have been sighted in central Lincoln- 10 minutes from the cathedral- afternoon and dawn.

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  • 218. At 9:19pm on 30 Oct 2008, The_Campbells wrote:

    We think we saw a muntjack deer in Rivington, Nr. Bolton, Lancs this afternoon

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  • 219. At 9:19pm on 30 Oct 2008, waterman1958 wrote:

    We have seen Muntjacs in Bonnywood near Needham Market Suffolk

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  • 220. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, Debbles26 wrote:

    Nearly ran a Muntjack over on the road between Helpston and Marholm near Stamford last year

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  • 221. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, sweetjuliat wrote:

    have seen them along the railway line next to the train station in Cambridge - fatastic to see

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  • 222. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, archcazza wrote:

    We have seen muntjac in the fields opposite, and on occasions in our garden! - for the past 20 years. This is in Salfords, near Redhill, Surrey

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  • 223. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, alexie wrote:

    We stay at a holiday cottage at the village Heydon in Norfolk, it's a lovely cottage in the middle of the woods, and every time we have been there we see the Muntjac and Roe Deer.

    They are just so lovely and they come right up to the cottage, a wonderful sight!

    In November last year while we were there we say our very lucky to see our very first Goldcrest feeding on seed right outside the kitchen window, they are so small.

    This cottage is a magical place for bird and wildlife watchers.

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  • 224. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, dolphin_in_the_deep wrote:

    There are Muntjac on the Stoke Bardolph Estate, Nottingham.

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  • 225. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, KelsaleRob wrote:

    In the past few years the population of Muntjac has really increased around my area of Suffolk - Minsmere down to Aldeburgh and inland for a couple of miles. I seem to see most in the springtime but footprints are present on most tracks most of the time.
    Unfortunately they are quite a hazard if you have a fast dog off the leash - they run off with that white tail bobbing up and down saying come and get me!
    Incidently are there 2 species ? - one looks a bit like a Wallaby the way it lollops along.
    I would hazard a guess that each 1km square around here houses at least one of the beasties.

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  • 226. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, 1nvicta wrote:

    A family (male, female and youngster) while watching Coal Tits earlier this year in Tiddesley Wood, Worcestershire.
    Also an adult on edge of Bredons Norton. On south west slope of Bredon Hill, Worcestershire this month.

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  • 227. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, Isobelsword wrote:

    Hi I live in Angus, (Scotland!) I have seen Muntjac near to my house over several years - last September one unfortunately one walked under my car!
    I thought they had been around here for a long time!!
    Also just to make you all envious I have red squirrels visit my garden & king fishers nesting near by

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  • 228. At 9:20pm on 30 Oct 2008, isanyonethere wrote:

    I used to regularly see muntjac in Enfield 30 years ago.
    now living in Colchester I see Muntjac most days when walking in Friday Woods, there is a thriving colony.

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  • 229. At 9:21pm on 30 Oct 2008, pablopion wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac and other deer species regularly in Savernake Forest near Marlborough Wiltshire. Again some of these have been dead on the side of the road.

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  • 230. At 9:21pm on 30 Oct 2008, dawnhu wrote:

    we have in the last 2 years had many munjtac visiting the nurserie i work at between witney and oxford(oxfordshire).They seem to like pyracanthas and our beautiful bay tree's..... I also see many in the fields and wood's north of witney.Well actually everywere around here very common.

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  • 231. At 9:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, ElisabethJane wrote:

    We farm just south of Blenheim Palace and have frequent visits from muntjac who also raid the allotments in Cassington village. They are often seen wandering along the road side grazing and are not worried by the traffic. They love wallflowers !

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  • 232. At 9:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, weltidave wrote:

    Hi guys, enjoy watching the programme. We stay and work on Kelling Heath Holiday Park near Holt in North Norfolk. Sightings of Muntjac deer are commonplace throughout the year, and they can be heard "barking"most nights, especially at this time of the year.

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  • 233. At 9:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, dawnypops wrote:

    We walk our dog at Solihull Riding club in solihull, West Midlands and have seen a number of muntjac deer there on a number of occasions.

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  • 234. At 9:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, Cakestbloggers wrote:

    We see and hear Muntjacs frequently behind our house in Old Buckenham, in Breckland, Norfolk. There is a small wood (planted around 20 years ago) which they have moved into, from more established woodland and farmland around and about. Some of the gardens along the road are on the 'muntjac route' and are visited every day, at about the same time.

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  • 235. At 9:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, pewkeband wrote:

    Recently saw a male muntjac on the western side of the Malvern Hills

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  • 236. At 9:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, Ragertom wrote:

    We have often seen Muntjacs Where I work as a Ranger at a 120 acre woodland near Moira Leicestershire in the Middle of the National Forest. I last saw the Muntjac on 29th October 2008 (yesterday).

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  • 237. At 9:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, cybercambridge wrote:

    Muntjac seen on Sunday close to the RSPB reserve in Sandy. It got to within 10 yards of us before it saw us and then studied us for a few momemts before fleeing close to the hedgerow.

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  • 238. At 9:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, Talespin wrote:

    Talespin...Norfolk...again...When you put a pin in the map for my munjac on holiday in Great Yarmouth harbour / Industrial Estate area....... pins for also seen at Burgh Castle ( just west of Gt Y ) and in Fritton woods ( south of Gt Y' ).......cheers! Great show.!

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  • 239. At 9:24pm on 30 Oct 2008, mar1garden wrote:

    We have regularly seen muntjac at our Static caravan site, Cliff House in Dunwich Suffolk. One in particular has been given the name of Bilbo he spends most of his day wandering around and is not really bothered by people. He like to forage under the bird feeders and knows where he is likely to find food put out by friendly residents

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  • 240. At 9:25pm on 30 Oct 2008, rjjbloggers wrote:

    Have seen Muntjac deer while walking near Ranworth Broard in Norfolk

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  • 241. At 9:25pm on 30 Oct 2008, Pattywoo wrote:

    I have just recently moved from Chobham in Surrey where I have seen Muntjac deer in Chobham Woods, close to Chobham Common which is a nature reserve.

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  • 242. At 9:25pm on 30 Oct 2008, bloggerbutcher wrote:

    Hi all,
    I have seen many Munkjak deer around Louth Lincolnshire. Apparently they are mainly in and around the area of Legbourne Woods (Nr Louth), but obviously go wondering around the parishes/villages of Legbourne,Carlton and Manby,

    I was also on a bridle path, with my wife and 16 year old son, near a village of Saltfleetby (Nr Louth) last week and saw 6 deer crossing some ploughed fields. We could not identify the type of deer until we saw your program. The best fit we could find was Sika deer, the animals were dark in colour with white tails and rumps (no visible spots on the back). Could this be possible in the fields of North East Lincolnshire??

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  • 243. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, blue-eyedDormouse wrote:

    I took a photo of what I believe is a muntjac in Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire on 21st September, 2007. It is not a very good photo but it looks like a muntjac to me. I had a friend who lived in Stoke Poges who said that a muntjac came into her garden too.

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  • 244. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, greasehog wrote:

    I've seen a few Muntjacks in Luton in Bedfordshire...

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  • 245. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, cpl_miles wrote:

    I have often seen and heard a Muntjac on my early morning walk about 2 kms from my home.
    I live at Guiting Power ---- GL54 5TY.

    There is an old Wood and a newer Plantation on the hillside above Hawling Lodge and this is the area in question.

    But I must say that they are quite common in this lovely part of the cotswolds.

    cpl_miles

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  • 246. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, sampark27 wrote:

    I see muntjac, their signs and hear them around Hertfordshire especially in St.Albans where I live. I hear them all the time and occasionally see them in my local park which is 5mins away. They never seem to mind if your in their view they just carry on with their business but if you start getting close they slowly move off. I've also seen them in Ashridge forest as well as seeing fallow and roe deer there as well.

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  • 247. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, kekeluca wrote:

    I regularly see Muntjac when walking around Charlton village near Banbury. They are quite bold and will stand and watch when I'm walking the dogs. Also regularly see them at night when I'm driving home from work.

    About a month ago we saw 8 buzzards flying (playing?) together and 3 Red Kites together as well.

    Also have 3 large badger setts around the village, occasionally see other deer possibly Roe but they're usually to far away!!!

    Tawny and barn owls live round here as well. So I suppose we're quite lucky.

    Best bit though was the Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting our garden for the peanuts in the summer. Spectacular.

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  • 248. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, mandura wrote:

    In the area around the Claydons between Buckingham and Aylesbury ,North Bucks. the Muntjac are a common site often seen on the grass verges and crossing roads

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  • 249. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, heathersherry wrote:

    I live in Havering-atte-Bower, Essex near to Havering Country Park. I often see a monjac in the woods.

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  • 250. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, BraveKnightsTemplar wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac by the side of the road in Temple Balsall half way between Balsall Common and Knowle.

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  • 251. At 9:26pm on 30 Oct 2008, cybercherryberry wrote:

    I live in East Yorkshire 12 miles west of Hull. I have seen Muntjac deer in a Raywell.

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  • 252. At 9:27pm on 30 Oct 2008, knucklesD wrote:

    I have seen them in Brentwood Essex and I think I see one in Billericay Essex, but cannot be sure as it raced accross the road

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  • 253. At 9:27pm on 30 Oct 2008, RamblingLesley wrote:

    Out walking this past week I have seen two Muntjacs in close proximity - one at North Rauceby, Lincolnshire and one in the grounds of my home village at Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire - I actually did manage to photograph the latter who was as startled at seeing me as me him!

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  • 254. At 9:27pm on 30 Oct 2008, carperr wrote:

    i have seen muntjac at a lake that i fiah ,in
    sawbridgeworth herts.I have seen it for 3 years now

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  • 255. At 9:28pm on 30 Oct 2008, JackieGill wrote:

    We heard muntjac calling at night through the summer. They live in Cutthroat and Gutteridge Woods, Hillingdon alongside the A40 spur, which is at the end of our road.

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  • 256. At 9:28pm on 30 Oct 2008, Cappipony wrote:

    Farther in law had a young muntjac stuck in his garden gate last year.In North Hykeham near Lincoln.It was around tea time on a housing estate.A gamekeeper from local deer group came out & released it.

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  • 257. At 9:29pm on 30 Oct 2008, Lakeland Red Squirrel wrote:

    hello

    i have seen Muntjacs in allington near grantham



    Tom cant

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  • 258. At 9:29pm on 30 Oct 2008, davplum wrote:

    I live in Reading & there are a family of 3-4 Muntjacks residing in the cemetery at the Cemetery junction in central Reading. They make very short work of all the flowers left on the graves.

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  • 259. At 9:30pm on 30 Oct 2008, chipmunk-22 wrote:

    Muntjac deer can be seen on Redhill Common in Surrey, and also in adjoining gardens in the area.

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  • 260. At 9:30pm on 30 Oct 2008, stoatfamily wrote:

    Hi we have rather to many regular visits from the Muntjac they enjoy my shrubs1 Also they are eating away at our young trees. we live mid way between Halstead, essex and Sudbury, suffolk.

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  • 261. At 9:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, propercaptain wrote:

    There are both Muntjac and Roe deer at Cumberwell Park golf course near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

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  • 262. At 9:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, paintersatwork wrote:

    We see muntjacs regularly near our house - near Rickmansworth - 5 mins from the M25. One morning we even found a muntjac skeleton on the front lawn - the head was almost intact but the rest was picked clean. It must have been dragged in by a fox.

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  • 263. At 9:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, Caroalison wrote:

    We see at least one muntjac a week in our garden. They are quite relaxed and graze as they go. Unfortunately they have been known to graze on our broad beans and roses, and the grape hyacinth leaves are always newly chewed. We live on the edge of Charlburyin the Cotswolds.

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  • 264. At 9:32pm on 30 Oct 2008, mooercat wrote:

    We regularly see muntjac in and around our village, Whittlesford, Cambridge and often hear them barking in the woods opposite our house at night.

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  • 265. At 9:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, Gorseviewer wrote:

    I'm surprised by Duuzy harnser's herd of Muntjac north of Blythburgh. There are a lot of Muntjac around here:Dunwich forest and Heath, Westleton heath and Common and of course around Minsmere, but singles and occasional pairs if a buck is following a female. Duzzy is correct in that we have a lot of Red der around here too, over 200 in the herd that the RSPB are showing Rutting. (Soon to be culled by the number of high seats that have appeared around the sugar beet fields?). Perhaps a more likely explanation is a herd of Fallow deer as they do occur around the Henham estate and can often be seen from the road on the way to Blyford just after the A12 crosses the Blyth.

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  • 266. At 9:35pm on 30 Oct 2008, cornishlizard wrote:

    I saw a munjac at a cross roads between Coverack and St.Keverne three years ago, when I was cycling on a Saturday morning at about 6.30am, the munjac was crossing the road as I rounded the corner, the deer was startled then ran down the road towards an oncoming lorry, the driver stopped the lorry and the munjac turned and ran back to me for a while before stopping and jumping over a small hedge, then disappeard in to some woodland .

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  • 267. At 9:35pm on 30 Oct 2008, Myles_Harcourt wrote:

    I saw one Muntjac Deer in some woods between Thetford in Norfolk and Brandon in Suffolk (Santham Downham). I am unsure how common hey are in the area as I am not local there but I saw at least three that day.

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  • 268. At 9:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, gardener1 wrote:

    I both see and hear muntjac regularly in the woods above Medmenham, Bucks (between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow).

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  • 269. At 9:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, mike_vampire wrote:

    I live in Luton and work in Hemel Hempstead.
    I regularly see muntjacs when I drive through the lanes between work & home.

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  • 270. At 9:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, bazandsuzy wrote:

    Location: Bradwell Village, Braintree, Essex. we regularly see a single Muntjac. Thought to be the same one, but no obvious markings, scars etc. so can't be sure if we only have one. Always takes the same route which leads to the River Blackwater.

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  • 271. At 9:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, elagnaj wrote:

    We have muntjaks living in the woods behind my house in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk. We have seen individuals in the garden on numerous occasions in the 20 years we have lived here.

    I also see roadkill victims all too frequently, including this morning unfortunately, by the side of the A12 between Lowestoft and Wrenthham en route to work.

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  • 272. At 9:38pm on 30 Oct 2008, mike_vampire wrote:

    My wife was at a Brownie pack holiday in Luton near Luton airport and muntjacs were regular visitors at the site

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  • 273. At 9:38pm on 30 Oct 2008, hhayleyfr wrote:

    Have seen Muntjac near Devizes, north wiltshire

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  • 274. At 9:39pm on 30 Oct 2008, Spilmah wrote:

    Here in Potton, South Bedfordshire, and we often have a visit from a Muntjac. It visits the front garden, and I have also seen it running through our woods before it leaves our property and goes through to the land at the bottom of our woods.

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  • 275. At 9:39pm on 30 Oct 2008, flamejammer wrote:

    it was about a year ago this season that i saw a muntjac, at John Rays walk in Great notley braintree. The muntjac was eating the hazel nuts or crab apples or both, it was for the briefest second, until my dog disturbed it. i have also seen a minx swimming in the stream, and this is a breeding area for what i belive was tawny owls but i never was able to actually seem them as they were in the darkness off a barn. But this is a beatiful walk known to the natureist john ray.

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  • 276. At 9:40pm on 30 Oct 2008, fancysusan40 wrote:

    I live in Carlton Colville Lowestoft and about six weeks ago we had a Muntjac in our cul de sac we live on a very well developed housing estate with no apparent habitat near by.

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  • 277. At 9:40pm on 30 Oct 2008, seaswimmers wrote:

    We had a baby muntjack fawn born in are hay barn in bucklebury Berkshire late winter early spring.
    It did not move when i went in to fill the hay nets. My hsuband got some great photo's

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  • 278. At 9:40pm on 30 Oct 2008, jan466 wrote:

    We see muntjac quite regularly, grazing under our apple trees on the edge of the local woodland. We live close to the village of Didmarton in South Gloucestershire.

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  • 279. At 9:41pm on 30 Oct 2008, Anniestogs wrote:

    We have Munkjac here in Marlow Bottom, Bucks. We often see them crossing the road to get from one wood to the other. They also come into the garden and enjoy our flowers - especially the Busy Lizzies!

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  • 280. At 9:42pm on 30 Oct 2008, cootebob wrote:

    We have muntjack deer in the field behind our house and occasionally in the garden.We live in Harston just west of cambridge city on the A10.

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  • 281. At 9:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, badgerhead2 wrote:

    We have seen Muntjac at night crossing the road into the next field, and also in the garden during the day. They never seem to hurry.

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  • 282. At 9:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, sporophyte wrote:

    Muntjac used to visit our garden on the edge of Didcot regularly, but not for the last couple of years. However, 2 ran across the A4130 Northern Perimeter Road in front of my car at about 8pm on Tuesday the 28th October. I first heard about muntjac back in the 1960s from a farmer near Puckeridge, Herts - we used to live on that farm.

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  • 283. At 9:44pm on 30 Oct 2008, LizMcn wrote:

    Have seen a Muntjac crossing the A449 at Ombersley (between Worcester & Kidderminster in Worcestershire).

    Also have seen quite a few Muntjac just outside Northhaw near Potters Bar, Herts.

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  • 284. At 9:44pm on 30 Oct 2008, buzzardgirl wrote:

    just to let you know that I see Muntjac's when I walk my dog, in Wiltshire

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  • 285. At 9:45pm on 30 Oct 2008, pondlife10 wrote:

    Muntjac.

    Seen and heard since mid eighties (personal experiences, initially as NT warden) at Bramshott Common (NT and MOD) and Ludshott Common (NT) in East Hants - (off A3 between Hindhead and Liphook).

    Once came across a Muntjac making a very peculiar "singing" or "trilling" sound - I have never been able to find out what this behaviour was all about.

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  • 286. At 9:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, ilovemydog132 wrote:

    We saw a muntjac when leaving work this evening, at about 6.00 p.m., by the side of the road in a wooded, quite area in Crowthorne, Berkshire. We even reversed to get a better look at it .... we only recognised it as a muntjac from having seen the programme last night. It seemed quite content to be grazing and not at all phased by the car/lights.

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  • 287. At 9:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, jo_ward wrote:

    We were on holiday in the New Forest in June this year and saw one in the forest near Burley. It came out of the trees just in front of us - probably about 30m away, and didn't seem that bothered about us. It walked slowly away sniffing the ground. I even managed to get a few photos, although most were a bit blurred! I'm glad you mentioned it on the show as I didn't know what it was until this week!

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  • 288. At 9:46pm on 30 Oct 2008, autumn_watch123 wrote:

    I would like to report that we have muntjac deer locally, I live in London Colney, Nr St Albans, Herts.

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  • 289. At 9:47pm on 30 Oct 2008, rain97bow wrote:

    Hi,

    I live in the countryside in Knightwick, Worcestershire - we are surrounded by lots of thick woodland and the area is renowned for the little chinese deer, muntjacs. They seem to be shy animals but my partner has seen one trotting along one of the country roads at night - he kept trotting in front of the car until he found gap in the hedge and bounded off. My neighbour has had to muntjac-proof his alottment as they are very fond of his fruit and veg! We regularly hear the deer's sharp barking in the dead of night (we only found out the other night that this sound was the muntjac after watching Simon's report the other night - we originally assumed the strange sound was foxes). I can often hear crashing around in the woods at the back of the house, which I assume is a muntjac - I would love to see one of these creatures so I keep my fingers crossed!

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  • 290. At 9:50pm on 30 Oct 2008, rafShaunie wrote:

    hello everyone,i have in the past three weeks seen two muntjac deer in north elkington near louth,lincolnshire and a few during early morning walks near martin,woodhall spa lincs also.

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  • 291. At 9:50pm on 30 Oct 2008, purplebramble wrote:

    Quite often see muntjacs in Legbourne woods, Lincolnshire.

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  • 292. At 9:51pm on 30 Oct 2008, hawthorncountry wrote:

    As the Animal Warden for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham I was called to 3 incidents involving Muntjac deer.
    A Muntjac was swimming in a man made lakein an urban park, unable to get out because of the steep sides - it was given a hand out and ran away unharmed.
    Another Muntjac deer was found in the car park to an old peoples home in a very built up area - it was caught and transfered to a more rural spot.
    The last Muntjac was found curled up injured in a corner of a park, sadly it died before help could be given. It was probably a road traffic casualty.

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  • 293. At 9:52pm on 30 Oct 2008, Twister27 wrote:

    Around Feb/March this year I saw and heard one call at Phyllis Currie Nature Reserve (Essex Wildlife Trust), Dumney Lane, Great Leighs, CM3 1PE. OS Grid ref: TL723182. This is a lovely local reserve with two large ponds, a bird hide, lots of nest boxes and woodland. We have seen a kingfisher and dragonflies there and think we have seen badger tracks.

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  • 294. At 9:52pm on 30 Oct 2008, nitnurse wrote:

    In February 2007 We enjoyed seeing quite tame muntjack deer browsing round the chalets in the woods at Centre Parcs Elveden Forest. At the time I wondered wether they would have been culled to keep the numbers down.

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  • 295. At 9:53pm on 30 Oct 2008, martnmand wrote:

    I see Muntjac fairly frequently. We live in South Oxfordshire and I managed to slow down my car to avoid one malingering at the side of the road last Friday night just outside the village of Cookley Green near Henley upon Thames. Sadly when travelling on the same road the next day there was one lying dead. Great shame they look so sweet.

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  • 296. At 9:55pm on 30 Oct 2008, crazynannywendy wrote:

    We see munt jac deer regularly in Burgh Castle, Norfolk.

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  • 297. At 9:56pm on 30 Oct 2008, elsie28 wrote:

    I see muntjac deer regularly on the edge of Cannock chase near Huntington.The deer are usually grazing under street lights,fortunatley there's a lay-by I can use and watch from the car. I have also seen them near Stile cop at Rugeley.The main deer species on the chase is fallow.

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  • 298. At 9:56pm on 30 Oct 2008, flamejammer wrote:

    it was about a year (07) ago this season that i saw a muntjac, at John Rays walk in Great notley braintree. The muntjac was eating the hazel nuts or crab apples or both, it was for the briefest second, until my dog disturbed it. i have also seen a minx swimming in the stream, and this is a breeding area for what i belive was tawny owls but i never was able to actually seem them as they were in the darkness off a barn. But this is a beatiful walk known to the natureist john ray.

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  • 299. At 9:58pm on 30 Oct 2008, wycombenick wrote:

    We live in chesham and regually have muntjac in our garden, the most we've seen at one time is 4.
    They browse on several of our bushes in particular the magnolia.
    We have even found a dead one n the garden.
    We believe they live in the woods behind the house, whivh is off Nashleigh Hill

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  • 300. At 9:59pm on 30 Oct 2008, staffanac wrote:

    my husband saw a muntjac in Meyrick Park near Bournemouth town centre last week. We see plenty of roe deer in the countryside but he was very surprised to see a deer in the centre of Bournemouth.

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  • 301. At 10:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, i_amcompost wrote:

    I have a resident muntjac who I see almost daily and have been able to see quite close up, we leave food out for her, she is partual to peanuts, carrots and plum leaves, she provides us with a new youngster to watch every year. She must have been resident now for about 12-13yrs, so would be interested in the expected life span of a muntjac. About three weeks ago the little one departed and she started calling for a mate again, she has been quiet since so hopefully we can assume we will see another little one in the summer again at our Small holding near Wisbech Cambridgeshire

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  • 302. At 10:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, minniemojo12 wrote:

    I have seen a Muntjac down our road in Snetterton Norfolk and in the fields frequently for the past couple of years.

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  • 303. At 10:02pm on 30 Oct 2008, aunthunnynut wrote:

    Muntjac deer are seen regularly outside Lincoln at Swanpool.

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  • 304. At 10:02pm on 30 Oct 2008, Blundez wrote:

    There are a number of Muntjac that live in the Benham Valence estate nr Newbury, Berkshire. I see them often from my office sometimes 6 ft from the window.

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  • 305. At 10:03pm on 30 Oct 2008, Ansaldo wrote:

    We have very regular sightings to the west of Pershore, Worcestershire.

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  • 306. At 10:04pm on 30 Oct 2008, flojoellamo wrote:

    My partner has seen Muntjac Deer in several places:

    Whitfield Estate in the village of Thruxton in Herefordshire.

    Moreton-In-Marsh & Stow-On-The-Wold in Gloucestershire

    The village of Illmington (nr Stratford-Upon-Avon) and surrounding area in the county of Warwickshire.

    Hope this add's a few more drawing pins into the Map.

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  • 307. At 10:09pm on 30 Oct 2008, qu1gley wrote:

    I saw a muntjac buck at winchfield near basingstoke he came within 20 Mts before i could stand still no longer and he went on his way

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  • 308. At 10:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, Movingcloud wrote:

    My partner saw a male Muntjac crossing the road near the Pride of the Valley pub in Churt, near Hindhead in South West Surrey - about 2 months ago.

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  • 309. At 10:15pm on 30 Oct 2008, fen1234 wrote:

    we see muntjacs in the fields around Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.

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  • 310. At 10:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, pottersheathtwitch wrote:

    Here in Pottersheath Welwyn, Muntjac are commonly seen in our neighbours gardens ( one seen yesterday in the snow) and in spring visit our garden to devour our tulips

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  • 311. At 10:18pm on 30 Oct 2008, norfolkhog wrote:

    We regularly see Muntjacs near East Dereham in central Norfolk.

    We live in the countryside next to a wet woodland and often see them on our field. At dawn and dusk they will venture close by the house and can be a nuisance eating precious plants in our gardens.

    To back up earlier comments, we also spot the deer in Thetford Forest.

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  • 312. At 10:19pm on 30 Oct 2008, butbgnl wrote:

    Took a picture of one on 21/10/08 and today he just wandered in my garden; see pic on Flickr ( now I know how to spell muntjac) I live in Minchinhampton, Glos.

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  • 313. At 10:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, devondaisy wrote:

    I spotted a muntjac whilst walking my dog in our local wood in the south hams, devon.

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  • 314. At 10:23pm on 30 Oct 2008, ladymelbri wrote:

    I have seen a Muntjac today in Thurston lane Stansfield Suffolk and one on Stowmarket golf course also today and also Suffolk. 30/10/08

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  • 315. At 10:27pm on 30 Oct 2008, powerdeerstalker wrote:

    22.10.08
    Driving away from Stocks reservoir in the Forest of Bowland after completing the cicular walk and a Muntjack deer jumped in front of the car before disappearing into the shrubs.

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  • 316. At 10:29pm on 30 Oct 2008, james_austin wrote:

    I have seen muntjacs in two places. In North Hampshire in the Pamber Forest and in a nearby place called Bramley Frith. However Bramley Frith is now closed and the habitat is probably destroyed by now.

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  • 317. At 10:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, nana-blog wrote:

    Hello,
    We live in the Vale of Belvoir and have seen Muntjac near to our village of Hose during the summer months.
    We love the programme! Well done.

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  • 318. At 10:32pm on 30 Oct 2008, brookeswood wrote:

    There are a goodly number of Muntjac deer in the Forestry Commission Woods on the outskirts of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.

    Heard "barking" on a winters night they can be mistaken for a 'travelling' dog fox!

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  • 319. At 10:34pm on 30 Oct 2008, ktsixpence wrote:

    Earlier this year (Jan-Feb time) I caught sight of a Muntjac in a bit of scrub in the rural village of Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. It was magic; we were moving in the same direction and I was on a bike so made no noise to scare it.

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  • 320. At 10:40pm on 30 Oct 2008, janmtg wrote:

    A muntjac was seen after dark this summer. It was crossing a dual carriage way between Weldon and Corby. (Leicestershire or Northamptonshire)

    Another was seen yesterday, midday, South of Leicester near A50 at Knaptoft.Leicestershire.

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  • 321. At 10:43pm on 30 Oct 2008, twinklegordon wrote:

    You talk about Muntjacs but there are in fact two species. They were both introduced to Woburn in the late 19th century and there have been many escapes. The two species are The Chinese Muntjac and the Indian Muntjac. Do you know if the Indian species has thrived as well as the Chinese species?

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  • 322. At 10:44pm on 30 Oct 2008, bicolorHarmonia wrote:

    Early Jan 2000, mother & fawn, in the grounds where I work in Knighton, Leicester

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  • 323. At 10:48pm on 30 Oct 2008, jerilderi wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac deer on many occasions,usually in pairs, in the countryside,in the northern fringes of the City of Bath

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  • 324. At 10:52pm on 30 Oct 2008, Cobbett_Rides_Again wrote:

    We have Muntjac on the Malvern Hills. I regularly hear them barking but have only once seen one. I see Roe deer in the same areas much more often. The first wild Muntjac I ever saw was in 1973, between the North Worcestershire town of Bromsgraove and the outskirts of Birmingham near a village called Blackwell.

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  • 325. At 10:55pm on 30 Oct 2008, Paul King wrote:

    Hi Guys and Guyesses,

    Muntjac are doing well in the Telford area upto and including the town park.
    One was recovered recently with claw marks as far as I know nothing on the throat!!!

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  • 326. At 10:56pm on 30 Oct 2008, oxfordlyra wrote:

    I have seen muntjac in the garden of the holiday cottage where I stayed last year in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire. There were a number of deer grazing at around 8pm on a January evening.

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  • 327. At 10:57pm on 30 Oct 2008, brize65 wrote:

    I have sighted muntjacs in the small wood behind Nobel School in Stevenage , Hertfordshire.

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  • 328. At 10:58pm on 30 Oct 2008, newent wrote:

    Hi,
    I live in St. Albans (not tha far from Woburn). We have Muntjaks living in the field hedgerow at the back of our house. Until we blocked off our fence they were regular visitors to eat our spring flowers. Dwarf Irises were their favourites! We regularly hear them barking at night sometimes very close to the house.

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  • 329. At 11:00pm on 30 Oct 2008, dolphin-hopscotch wrote:

    We have muntjac deer in the woods around Felbrigg just outside Cromer. Hope this helps with your information gathering.

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  • 330. At 11:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, marcgsmeg wrote:

    I saw one move across a path in front of me in Youlbury Woods, near Oxford last weekend. A friend of mine was walking along an adjacent path, disturbed it and it ran out on to the path I was walking along.

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  • 331. At 11:01pm on 30 Oct 2008, rafdac wrote:

    We have seen muntjac in Chambers farm Wood near Wragby, Lincs during this summer.

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  • 332. At 11:10pm on 30 Oct 2008, ourali wrote:

    Muntjac deer are regularly seen around Hanningfield Reservoir in Essex, and occasionally dead at the side of the road.

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  • 333. At 11:11pm on 30 Oct 2008, tinydeerspotter wrote:

    Muntjac are frequently seen in North Norfolk around Cromer and Overstrand, though usually only one at a time.

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  • 334. At 11:14pm on 30 Oct 2008, stevemaxwellimp wrote:

    Muntjacks are very common in Breckland, south of Wayland woods, Norfolk (NR17 ish).

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  • 335. At 11:16pm on 30 Oct 2008, Colneybird wrote:

    Muntjacs are fairly common round my patch, between St Albans and Hatfield. Also around Welwyn Garden City and Bricket Wood down towards Watford (also in Herts).Fascinating to hear of them in the Clwydians where I regularly visit!

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  • 336. At 11:17pm on 30 Oct 2008, newent wrote:

    Until I saw Simon's piece the other night I thought that I had seen a large Muntjac on the edge of Stanmore Common (Middx), but now realise that it was a buck Roe deer. It had quite a pronounced tuft of hair on its chin, rather like a goat but not as long. Is this normal?

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  • 337. At 11:22pm on 30 Oct 2008, nutmegbingo wrote:

    We have Muntjac who visit our garden, mainly in winter. We live in Saffron Walden and the most we have seen at one time is three. A couple of years ago one ran across the road and got stuck in our neighbours gate, making a horrendous noise until my husband prised the bars open slightly so it could escape.

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  • 338. At 11:28pm on 30 Oct 2008, luckystarno7 wrote:

    Hi, me and my family have seen muntjac deer in a cemetery at the heart of a of a busy junction in Reading. They have been there for years. They even have a group on facebook.

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  • 339. At 11:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, IsleofSheppeyman wrote:

    While living at Lane End Buckinghamshire there were a great many muntjac living locally. They could be a bit of a problem at times when they were forever invading and foraging in gardens. They were also a hazard on the local roads as they were very prone to comming out at night infront of traffic, I speaak from personal experience! Their road sense was non existent and unfortunately a fair number became road accident victims! I now live back on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent which is and most probably will remain muntjac free!

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  • 340. At 11:31pm on 30 Oct 2008, Scotty69x wrote:

    I regularly see Muntjac deer in the Walks by the railway station in the centre of Kings Lynn. There is at least four in the area but usually I only see one ot two at a time.

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  • 341. At 11:33pm on 30 Oct 2008, Spookynook wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac's at Nosley - Leicestershire, Bosworth - Leicstershire and Hartshorne - South Derbyshire. I managed to take a few photo's of the ones at Nosely (a group of four) earlier in the year and even managed to get within 20 metres of them! Totally amazing feeling! The others were fleeting glimpses from quite a distance. But still great to see!

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  • 342. At 11:36pm on 30 Oct 2008, LeafyWarwickshire wrote:

    Lots of Muntjac around Lapworth, Warwickshire. Often see them at edges of open fields. Have seen six walk single-file across country lane.

    Frequently see Mutjac at edges of woodland at Packwood House, Lapworth, Warwickshire.

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  • 343. At 11:53pm on 30 Oct 2008, bernwodebella wrote:

    There are many Muntjacs in the area of Bernwode Forest and surrounding villages. In the last week I've seen 2 Muntjacs and a Fallow deer on the road beside the Forest

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  • 344. At 00:02am on 31 Oct 2008, HampshireHoglet wrote:

    We get Muntjac in our garden in Baughurst in Hampshire and they are in the surrounding fields much of the time.

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  • 345. At 00:21am on 31 Oct 2008, UsinBacton wrote:

    They're all over this area of north Norfolk.
    We have seen them in the fields at the back of Bacton Gas works.
    Bacton woods and the surrounding area.
    The fields in Walcott, between Paston and Mundesley, in the fields between Bacton and North Walsham.


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  • 346. At 00:29am on 31 Oct 2008, marstondavid wrote:

    Have plenty of Muntjac here by the river Cherwell ,in Marston,Oxford. See two family groups most days on the garden down to the river. This week also saw for the first time a group of red deer ,who jumped into the river and swam to the other side when we disturbed them.

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  • 347. At 00:45am on 31 Oct 2008, denniscuddles wrote:

    Muntjac abound in the Woodwalton Fen nature reserve near Ramsey in Cambridgeshire, along with Chinese Water deer. I frequently see Muntjac near my house between Chatteris and Manea, also in Cambridgeshire, and they have been in the garden on several occasions.
    Although they will graze within inches of the roadside and seem oblivious to the traffic speeding by it's quite a different matter if they see someone on foot, when they will melt away into the nearest cover within seconds - not an easy thing to do in the midst of the vast East Anglian agri-desert!

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  • 348. At 01:01am on 31 Oct 2008, DuzzyHarnser wrote:

    Gorseviewer, you were wondering about the herd of Muntjacs I saw just north of Blythburgh, Suffolk. Maybe herd was an inappropriate description. I guess it was probably about six or seven animals thinking about it. Certainly not like the large herds of Red Deer you can sometimes see roaming in Suffolk.

    They were definitely Muntjacs as well, no question about it. Fallow Deer are far larger and there's absolutely no way I would have mistaken them. It was just west of the Henham estate on the road to Beccles. Sorry for the confusion, it was my fault for using the word herd.

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  • 349. At 01:58am on 31 Oct 2008, deerhut wrote:

    In King's Lynn in the past two months my wife and I have spotted Muntjac up close on a local common.At the rear of our house backing onto woods we heard one but didn't know what it was until watching Autumnwatch,so thanks,you cleared up a mystery.

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  • 350. At 06:15am on 31 Oct 2008, crossingkeeper wrote:

    I regularly see Muntjac or hoof prints of then when walking my dog around North Norfolk. One summer about 10 years ago I was treated to the sight of a female coming out of a wheatfield promptly followed by her fawn. Far from being shy the female took a long look at me before proceeding on her way across the narrow road and into the next wheatfield where they dissapeared almost immediately, the wheat being taller than the adult deer.
    They are widespread in this area.

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  • 351. At 06:22am on 31 Oct 2008, 2crinklys wrote:

    I regularly see 4 deer running in the fields around Scotton, near Gainsborough, in Lincolnshire. Usually very early in the motning. I think they are Muntjack, but they run so fast I can't be sure.

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  • 352. At 06:55am on 31 Oct 2008, Adamsmummy wrote:

    My husband works for the local council in North Lincolnshire, and part of his out of hours duties is to clear roadkill that poses a hazard to other road users (not pleasant at all). He's almost certain that he's had to remove a muntjack earlier this week, as it was too small to be anything else at this time of year.

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  • 353. At 06:56am on 31 Oct 2008, bfamwyeeeeeee wrote:

    I see Muntjac deer while fishing the lakes on the National Trust's Dudmaston estate at Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

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  • 354. At 07:25am on 31 Oct 2008, Count_Zenith wrote:

    I have seen a muntjac in my home town of Andover, in Hampshire.

    If you are not familiar with Andover, it is a medium to large town, but is surrounded by lightly wooded open countryside. We have a lot of deer in the surrounding countryside, being on the very eastern extremity of Salisbury Plain, and not too far north of the New Forest.

    I encountered the muntjac on my way to work early one morning, around 7.30 am, crossing the road in front of me, between the playing fields of Harrow Way School, and Charlton Lakes. From that location, the nearest open field is no more than 100 yards away.

    A marvellous series of Autumnwatch so far, well done!

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  • 355. At 07:44am on 31 Oct 2008, olivialovesponies wrote:

    Whilst out walking in the woods near our home in Bockmer End, Marlow, Bucks, we were surprised to find a baby Muntjac asleep under a tree. Our Border Collie just stared at it. The youngser looked fit and healthy and started calling it`s mum, so we moved away quickly. We could not believe the noise such a tiny little chap could make! It was the most wonderful experience!

    I expect that baby Muntjac now eats our flowers!

    We also have a herd of about 50 Fallow deer that come out of the woods and graze in the field behind our house. They have become a lot more used to the sound of humans, lawn mowers, chainsaws, etc since we moved in four years ago!!!!

    Love Spring and Autumnwatch!

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  • 356. At 07:53am on 31 Oct 2008, jackywackywoo wrote:

    Muntjacs are regularly seen around Kesgrave, Ipswich in Suffolk

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  • 357. At 08:14am on 31 Oct 2008, BruceGin wrote:

    Hi

    I live in the South Cotswolds around Cirencester and have made frequesnt sightings of Muntjac. They have become increasingly common over the past 3 years

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  • 358. At 08:14am on 31 Oct 2008, ebyewtree wrote:

    We live in a small rural village near Skegness. I was looking out of my kitchen window about eighteen months ago when I got a glimpse of two animals which for a moment I thought were pigs. Knowing this was highly unlikely I went out to investigate. It was a pair on Muntjac. We have had numerous sightings since then, but not recently.

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  • 359. At 08:16am on 31 Oct 2008, ebyewtree wrote:

    We live in a small rural village near Skegness. I was looking out of my kitchen window about eighteen months ago when I got a glimpse of two animals which for a moment I thought were pigs. Knowing this was highly unlikely I went out to investigate. It was a pair on Muntjac. We have had numerous sightings since then, but not recently.
    I do think though, having heard the sound they make at night, that I have definitely heard them!

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  • 360. At 08:18am on 31 Oct 2008, FallowClan2 wrote:

    I Live in the New Forest and although we often see signs of them qwe never actually see them - 2 in the last twelve years have been sighted by my family

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  • 361. At 08:25am on 31 Oct 2008, daisylilly1970 wrote:

    Hi. After watching Wednesday's show and listening to the deer calls I realised that the cute little deer I see in a field along the lane were I live is actually a very noisy little thing. Both myself and a few of my neighbours were awoken on Sunday in the middle of the night by what we thought were foxes, but after hearing the different deer calls knew it was from a Muntjac.
    I often see it , at least twice a week , along a very quiet access lane to where I live an a fairly small village called Hermitage in West Berkshire. Will continue to be on the look out!

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  • 362. At 08:34am on 31 Oct 2008, NYREEJM wrote:

    My family and I have just returned from a week at Centre Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk. When we arrived we couldn't believe that a muntjac deer was right outisde our villa, it was so close that we could nearly touch it. Within the next few days of our holiday we saw what I think might have been a complete family, they were absolutely beautiful to watch, they were not put off by the fact that we were watching them and they ate everything there was to eat on the ground ( including bread, nuts that we were giving to the birds and aquirrels) What a lovely experience especially for our 4 year old daughter who wanted the deer to feed from her hand, it nearly did !!!!

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  • 363. At 08:47am on 31 Oct 2008, phfixpatsy wrote:

    We live in Overstrand on the coast in North Norfolk. The area around us is heavily wooded, and muntjacs on the side of the road, and in the woods are common sights.
    They also frequently visit gardens, usually at night or before folk aren up and about.

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  • 364. At 08:48am on 31 Oct 2008, growingold wrote:

    Bishops Stortford, Herts... I've seen Muntjacs within the town park at Sworders field, and at various locations around the town. Illusive they may be, but one sure sign of their presence is 'unfortunately' road kill.

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  • 365. At 08:48am on 31 Oct 2008, watercolourist wrote:

    When out walking with George my Cocker Spaniel, a muntjac suddenly shot out from a hedgerow about six feet in front of us. This was in the Brinklow area in Warwickshire

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  • 366. At 08:53am on 31 Oct 2008, cottenhampark wrote:

    I saw three together at dawn last week at Cottenham park, Cottenham near Cambridge.
    This is a Parkhome site which has won a David Bellamy Gold award in 2007 & 2008.

    I also took some photo's at the time which came out quite well [considering the light] but I can't seem to post here. Would you believe one walked past me yesterday at lunch time not 15 meters away when I was talking to a friend but i did not have my camera with me.

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  • 367. At 09:01am on 31 Oct 2008, bristlenosegirl wrote:

    I live in Gloucestershire, Nailsworth, and on Tinkley Lane, there is a lovely place called Thistledown. It's a really nice area where alot of wildlife live. There are wide open areas that leads to loads of beautiful trees and shrubs. Perfect for any animals. I have had two encounters with Muntjack Deer, both at Thistledown. One was when I was walking along with my friend, looking for wildlife, being as quiet as we could, when out of the bushes, a Muntjack buck leapt out in front of us and just stood there. We were thrilled!!! I couldn't believe my eyes!!!!
    The next time was when I was going on a night walk about three weeks ago. We went around the place with about five more people. We were all silent because we heard rustling. And there was a rather small, proberly this years fawn,Muntjack Deer in the shrubs.As soon as it saw us it slowly walked away. It didn't seem that scared though. Bristlenosegirl.

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  • 368. At 09:02am on 31 Oct 2008, ThamesPelican wrote:

    There are (at least) two Muntjacs in meadows and woods around Old Ferry Drive, Wraysbury, TW19. I have seen them a couple of times and often hear them.

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  • 369. At 09:08am on 31 Oct 2008, umzumbe wrote:

    We live in Henley on Thames and have regular visits from muntjac. Much as we love them they ate all the tulips this Spring !

    Usually only see one at a time.

    In August the muntjac ate the gladioli - just the flowers !

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  • 370. At 09:08am on 31 Oct 2008, nightmusic wrote:


    We have Muntjac in our garden occasionally and we hear them barking on the disused railway line behind our garden.

    We are in Rushden, Northamptonshire

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  • 371. At 09:10am on 31 Oct 2008, richbuglady wrote:

    We spent a couple of year living in both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and saw loads of Muntjac virtually everywhere. The hot spots were Turville (otherwise known as Dibley), Hambleden valley towards Henley on Thames, the Stonor valley nr Henley, Bledlow nr High Wycombe and even along the M40 right by the road.

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  • 372. At 09:13am on 31 Oct 2008, orchidblue1 wrote:

    Having recently posted sighting of muntjac on message boards,I was reminded of when I first heard of these.There was a Norfolk naturalist,Ted Ellis,who I spoke to several times,and what a lovely man he was.He died about 20 years ago.He told me they were about long before then,but called them Chinese Water Deer.
    I would like to post a tribute to his memory.
    orchidblue1

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  • 373. At 09:22am on 31 Oct 2008, dickbartoncol wrote:

    Common in Lexden Park, Colchester, groups up to 3 often seen. Seen throughout NE Essex and increasingly as road casualties. from Dick Barton

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  • 374. At 09:22am on 31 Oct 2008, walthamx wrote:

    I have twice seen a Munt Jac in Waltham Cross, in the Lea valley by Bower Water

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  • 375. At 09:25am on 31 Oct 2008, Neil Anderson wrote:

    My sister and her family gets a group of four Muntjac deer in her garden virtually every day.

    She lives in Bridgham near Thetford and has a woods and the River Thet running at the bottom of her land giving them ideal surroundings. The Muntjac are becoming more familiar with the occupants and have even, albeit, very timidly approached the house.

    My sister is fortunate to have a garden large enough (2.2acres) for them to use the garden without actually disturbing the deer.

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  • 376. At 09:30am on 31 Oct 2008, mimblogger wrote:

    I have seen several muntjacks in this area -Attleborough Norfolk- we are surrounded by loads of farm land and they are common throughout the year.

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  • 377. At 09:32am on 31 Oct 2008, sensationaldeb68 wrote:

    We frequently hear Muntjacs where I live in Virginia Water, Surrey.
    I also spotted one some years ago whilst walking the dog on Hounslow Heath.

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  • 378. At 09:34am on 31 Oct 2008, EarlyDogwalker wrote:

    Driving along the Whittlesford Road from Little Shelford towards Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire at 06:40 on 30/10/2OO8 a lone muntjac ambled across the road less than 100 yards in front of my car and disappeared into the hedge surround a field next to the road.

    As he didn't take fright of the car I guess he was an experience road user. That or he has been speaking to his mate Tufty!

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  • 379. At 09:34am on 31 Oct 2008, cantyoutell wrote:

    Hi there,

    I live in Pewsey Wiltshire, and was awaoke not too long back by the strange barking. On investigation there was a muntjac in an enclosed deck in my Garden. Never seen anything like it.

    D

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  • 380. At 09:35am on 31 Oct 2008, Tottmags wrote:

    Whilst muntjac are very common in Bedfordshire it's still a delight to see them. I watched two this morning at 7-30 am just behind the top of my garden which backs on to Totternhoe Knolls. You can see them much more in the winter when the leaves are off the trees. If I am really lucky I can also see foxes, a black squirell and we also have a badgers' set nearby.

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  • 381. At 09:42am on 31 Oct 2008, secondhummingbird wrote:

    There are always lots of Muntjack deer in the woods on the Manor House Golf Club at Castle Combe in Wiltshire.

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  • 382. At 09:48am on 31 Oct 2008, muntjacwatcher wrote:

    Hi Simon, We live in Suffolk near Woodbridge and have had muntjac living with us there in our small woods for the last 9-10 yrs or more. They breed there and we often see the Mother with her young (we've seen about 4 babies so far) and I believe they are quite prolific, having something like a 6 month gestation period before conceiving again? I have read they are almost always pregnant!
    We hear them barking during the night throughout the year, not just in the mating season, setting our dogs off. They have great fun talking to each other!
    We have found two muntjac dead on the roads bordering our land, and one on our land which had been eaten, presumably by a fox. We assumed it had died of natural causes.
    We manage our land for wildlife and we are now classified as a Small Nature Reserve by The Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
    At present we have a Mother and young calf who watch us when we come home at night from under their tree - we catch their eyes in our headlights and it's a welcome sight.

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  • 383. At 10:04am on 31 Oct 2008, suesamass wrote:

    when me and my dad were looking for our lost rabbit in a nearby field we spotted a muntjac deer in the long grass. it was a little bit big for one but too small for a roe or common deer. could you tellus what it was?

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  • 384. At 10:08am on 31 Oct 2008, Calico1 wrote:

    Muntjac deer are to be seen in Hanham Woods along the River Avon. Hanham, Bristol, BS15.

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  • 385. At 10:12am on 31 Oct 2008, Smuddysmuddy wrote:

    We were so excited to see our first Muntjac locally just two weeks ago. We were biking home on a path that crosses an old railway line that used to take coal to the old Hams Hall Power Station near to Coleshill, North Warwickshire. This has now been converted to an industrial park. The surrounding area is scrubland with a river running through it. The sighting was just at the edge of the industrial park.
    My collegue has also seen Munjac at Elford in Lichfield at a quarry.

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  • 386. At 10:27am on 31 Oct 2008, Young Nick Davis wrote:

    I have seen and heard muntjack in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield,Birmingham.

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  • 387. At 10:27am on 31 Oct 2008, Benjy-Kite10flyer wrote:

    We see Muntjac deer regularly in a field next to our house in Dereham ,Norfolk.


    We also see them all over the place when we are driving around the area.

    p.s. is this the pin board because my frind would like to put a pin on Gt.yarmouth,
    St. olaves.

    Thanks

    Kite10flyer

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  • 388. At 10:28am on 31 Oct 2008, Mandy wrote:

    We have had munjac for about 19 years or maybe more in Felbridge on the Surrey/West Sussex border. We found out what they were all those years ago by contacting the natural history museum as we'd never heard of the creatures! Their distinctive slow bark echos around eerily especailly on a frosty night!

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  • 389. At 10:44am on 31 Oct 2008, todnez2 wrote:

    Driving through Bentley Heath, a village on outskirts of Solihull , around 6.00pm last night when we saw a Muntjac attempt across the road. It soon changed its mind when faced with the headlights of an on-coming car. It safely shot back into the undergrowth. Has anyone else in and around Solihull seen Muntjacs?
    Cheers

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  • 390. At 10:46am on 31 Oct 2008, broomstickrider wrote:

    Hello everyone,
    I live in Brandon Suffolk and see muntjacs every day while walking the dogs through the forest, which is right on my doorstep. At night we also see them casually walking up the middle of the road and into gardens.

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  • 391. At 10:59am on 31 Oct 2008, hayvic wrote:

    Had a muntjac stuck in our fence last year,and while releasing him he kicked me on the hand,but ran off none the worse and making alot of noise.We live in west sussex,near the ashdown forest.

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  • 392. At 11:01am on 31 Oct 2008, nooclaridge wrote:

    My work takes me through Berkshire, Oxfordshire (where i now live) and wiltshire and i see these little guys all the time. At my old address they would come into my garden my garden.

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  • 393. At 11:03am on 31 Oct 2008, Felicity wrote:

    I saw a muntjac on the railway embankment just near Reading West station.

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  • 394. At 11:14am on 31 Oct 2008, Birdmadwild wrote:

    I have had two sightings of a female Muntjac deer on the driveway of a farm in Countesthorpe, Leicester. It is interesting that Simon mentioned the Muntjac moving to more built up area's as the farm is situated between a golf course and a college so there are always people around.

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  • 395. At 11:19am on 31 Oct 2008, omnivicka wrote:

    I regularily see mutjacs in my garden and in the lanes around my house in Crockleford Heath, Essex.

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  • 396. At 11:24am on 31 Oct 2008, forest-maid wrote:

    Hi,
    We live very near to the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. I see Muntjac prints and sometimes groups of them whilst walking my dogs in the forest and surrounding woodland areas.
    We often see a single male cross the field our home in broad daylight - 3 weeks ago 2 adults and a baby appeared in the same field!
    Their calls at night are quite common-place.
    Last week near Taplow Station,Bucks - a Muntjac crossed the road in front of my car in the middle of the day!

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  • 397. At 11:29am on 31 Oct 2008, Snow_leopard_cat wrote:

    Hi team

    Live in High Wycombe in the Chiterns and I frequently hear muntjacs 'barking' especially in cold weather.
    We had one in the garden of our last house which was not very close to open land. Also saw one in woods near West Wycombe.
    Snow_Leopard_Cat

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  • 398. At 11:34am on 31 Oct 2008, misshannah1975 wrote:

    Hello there,
    Both male and female Muntjac deer have been spotted in a wooded private estate in Surrey. We think they just visit, rather than live here.

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  • 399. At 11:48am on 31 Oct 2008, copdockkath wrote:

    Often seen along the road from Thetford to Kings lynn

    Unfortunatly also seen many dead along the a137 near Tattingstone res. near Ipswich

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  • 400. At 11:49am on 31 Oct 2008, worthingman wrote:

    Many sightings on the South Downs especially north of Worthing around Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings on and around the South Downs Way. Also see at night on both Worthing and Hill Barn Golf courses.

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  • 401. At 11:51am on 31 Oct 2008, Suecapp wrote:

    saw a muntjac last week at Cold Norton, Essex near the Golf Course.

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  • 402. At 11:56am on 31 Oct 2008, silversleeve wrote:

    We have three Muntjac's that roam the fields near Bilton, near Hull

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  • 403. At 11:57am on 31 Oct 2008, suebob28 wrote:

    hi we have muntjac in the woods near to us i see them every morning when we walk our dog at cranford woods next to heathrow airport sue bob

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  • 404. At 11:58am on 31 Oct 2008, Mousewalker wrote:

    A muntjac crossed in front of my car down my drive on Tuesday about 1 pm and disappeared into undergrowth. We live on the edge of heathland in Hampshire and there are a few muntjacs around here.

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  • 405. At 12:01pm on 31 Oct 2008, superkat40 wrote:

    Last Saturday I saw a muntjac whilst driving in the Saxlingham Nethergate area of Norfolk.

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  • 406. At 12:07pm on 31 Oct 2008, SimonBart wrote:

    Hi, I live in Winchmore Hill North London situated between the M25 and the North Circ.
    I often see two Muntac deer strolling through your communial back garden amongst the Horse-chestnut/ Oak trees.
    I have a feeling they are making their way to the New River that runs along the boarder of our garden.
    I always laugh to myself when I'm fortunate enough to see them, as I'm originally from Devon and I've seen more deer in London (up close) than I ever did back home.

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  • 407. At 12:10pm on 31 Oct 2008, adamyasmin1 wrote:

    Regularly see 2 Muntjacs in our garden near Wickford in Essex

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  • 408. At 12:12pm on 31 Oct 2008, powerfrog123 wrote:

    we saw what we think was a muntjac on holiday at centerparcs, elvedon in the woodland behind our chalet at first we thought it was a red deer fawn but i took a picture and on closer inspection it had antlers so we think it must have been an adult male

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  • 409. At 12:15pm on 31 Oct 2008, seasonsangel wrote:

    i was walking through emberton park in olney in buckinghamshire and i spotted a munckjack deer on tuesday 28/10/08

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  • 410. At 12:18pm on 31 Oct 2008, wylmaw wrote:

    I live near the blogger in Stanton, Suffolk and I have a family of three Muntjac in my garden. I am quite fond of them but I have just started a huge job of re-envigorating the woodland garden and planting thousands of bulbs and young shrubs. The comment on the programme earlier in the week that Muntjac are partly responsible for the destruction on most of our bluebell woods particularly disturbed me. Is tehre any point in carrying on with my plans. I dont want to be providing an 'all you can eat buffet' for the Muntjacs.

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  • 411. At 12:21pm on 31 Oct 2008, Oliver2910 wrote:

    we see muntjacs around the Keysoe area in North Bedfordshire, they run across the country roads at dusk. but rarely see them in the day. hope that helps!
    Oliver and LAura Graham

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  • 412. At 12:36pm on 31 Oct 2008, Adrian Dent wrote:

    I live in the village of Bassingbourn and travel between there and Bedford daily, I frequently see Muntjacs crossing the roads, earlier this here I saw a number of them in the village cutting through fields.
    Quite an amazing sight to stop on the road as they run across in front of you

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  • 413. At 12:45pm on 31 Oct 2008, kellylorek wrote:

    I have spotted Muntjac in the Stamford, Lincolnshire area.

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  • 414. At 12:53pm on 31 Oct 2008, flaxonhair wrote:

    Muntjac Deer seen at Sleaford in Lincolnshire (NG34 7WH)
    I live in a 4 year old house on a new estate and to my amazement one night I saw a Muntjac deer running up our road being chased by a cat. We do back on to fields and I have seen them in some nearby woods too.

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  • 415. At 12:53pm on 31 Oct 2008, CaptJaneHarkness wrote:

    Hi,
    We have muntkac`s in west Berkshire - near and around the M4.
    We quite often see them come out from nearby woods into a field.
    We also have kites which are wonderful to watch.
    The muntjacs seem to like living near churchyards so they can gobble up the flower heads!

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  • 416. At 12:59pm on 31 Oct 2008, elainesheppard wrote:

    We have muntjac dotted about in North Wilts, in the old parts of Braydon Forest. They can be seen individually and in small groups. There are als the more usual types of deer to be found in these areas. Also some sightings of Red Kite.

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  • 417. At 1:00pm on 31 Oct 2008, exkiwi wrote:

    One on a traffic island near Hinchingbrooke House in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire(road to Hospital) and one dead on the side of the road (A1123) into St Ives, Cambridgeshire just near the Sawtry Road (B1090) turn.

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  • 418. At 1:20pm on 31 Oct 2008, Mad-Otto wrote:

    On 27th Oct 6.15am, had just left Soulbury going towards Leighton Buzzard on the B4032 when I saw a male Muntjac near the hedgerow.

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  • 419. At 1:22pm on 31 Oct 2008, thamesdown wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac deer at Cranham woods Gloucestershire

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  • 420. At 1:28pm on 31 Oct 2008, topseysmum wrote:



    Muntjacs seen around the village of Blackmore End Essex

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  • 421. At 1:28pm on 31 Oct 2008, lmgrafton wrote:

    We have a Muntjac deer which visits our back garden in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. He comes through the gap in the gate from the fields behind and particularly likes eating my camelia! It's very shy and as soon as it sees us watching will disappear again.

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  • 422. At 1:32pm on 31 Oct 2008, streethappyhelen wrote:

    Hi just letting you know we have muntjac deer here in somerset,at shapwick heath.also i am very pleased to say, for the first time in 2/3 winters we have a pair for greenfinches in the garden feeding,which is great news after the throat virus that nearly wiped them out in this area 2 or 3 years ago.

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  • 423. At 1:44pm on 31 Oct 2008, funkyfilly69 wrote:

    I encountered my first muntjac deer about 5 years ago whilst out riding my horse who then was only 4 and currently being broken in. I was out with a friend on her horse in a field next to the stableyard (in Dingley, Market Harborough, Leics) when 3 of them popped out from the undergrowth and stood about 10 feet away from us. My young horse was so intrigued by them he froze to the ground ears pricked and even after they had gone it took me 20 mins to get him moving again!!

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  • 424. At 1:49pm on 31 Oct 2008, sounds-and-images wrote:

    In the Marlow and Cookham Dean areas there are good numbers of Muntjac and Roe deer. We have the odd Fallow and Red deer too from time to time.

    I have managed to photograph Muntjac and Fallow but not the red or roe.
    Locally there is a famous landmark deer that only turns up during winter and stay with a herd of cows...........

    I used to cycle from Windosor to Amersham to get to work each day and on the way home Muntjac would graze the grass verges by the road.. The first time I noticed one I nearly fell off my bike....

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  • 425. At 1:49pm on 31 Oct 2008, far-far-northener wrote:

    I have lived in Caithness in the far north of scotland for over 26 years and have had 3 sightings of Muntjac deer.
    The first was in 1987near Berriedale,the second in approx1999 near Halkirk and the third sighting was in 2006 near Lairg in Sutherland.

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  • 426. At 1:53pm on 31 Oct 2008, tarrabenjamin wrote:

    I live in Witnesham, a village just outside of Ipswich. We regularly see Muntjacs deer coming in our garden. One time we even saw a female with a baby. Once or twice i have heard them barking. I enjoy watching them and think they are really interesing and they are very timid and runaway if they see you. We have lived in this house for 12 years and have only started seeing them in about the last 2.

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  • 427. At 2:00pm on 31 Oct 2008, Hertsalan wrote:

    They are very common around most of Hertfordshire and I see them regularly in the Watford/ St Albans area.

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  • 428. At 2:03pm on 31 Oct 2008, wildlifejunkie wrote:

    I live at Barton upon Humber North Linconshire , one august morning i had muntjac in my garden

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  • 429. At 2:03pm on 31 Oct 2008, shinyRoberts wrote:

    I live and work on a 6000 acre farm in hertfordshire and muntjac can be seen in almost every field on the estate and they bark all night long

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  • 430. At 2:04pm on 31 Oct 2008, Mutsham wrote:

    We used to live in Felsham, Suffolk and Muntjac deer were frequently seen on the roads and in the fields, particulary around Bradfield Woods.

    Now we have moved to Mutford near Beccles and have only seen one in two years, crossing the road in broad daylight, in Mutford.

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  • 431. At 2:12pm on 31 Oct 2008, angelsuperbumble wrote:

    Have seen muntjac deer in Exton, Rutland

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  • 432. At 2:13pm on 31 Oct 2008, weelsbyhazel wrote:

    Muntjac seen in garden in Healing near Grimsby two months ago.

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  • 433. At 2:13pm on 31 Oct 2008, sareh_jane13 wrote:

    Taking our dog this morning for a walk in the lovely Highwoods country park,Colchester, we saw ,at about 11.30 am a muntjac deer,Very close i have to say,and looked in good health. Sarah Jones

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  • 434. At 2:15pm on 31 Oct 2008, Jill wrote:

    South Oxfordshire rather too populated with the things. Good programme, though!

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  • 435. At 2:16pm on 31 Oct 2008, starryNaturelover wrote:

    I live in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and early this Spring went to Rutland Water, which is about 15 minutes drive away, to listen to the dawn chorus. As we were leaving we saw a muntjac deer grazing on the grass verge - this was about 05.30 am.

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  • 436. At 2:28pm on 31 Oct 2008, aunthunnynut wrote:

    my parents see muntjac deer run across the fields behind them. they live just outside lincoln

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  • 437. At 2:31pm on 31 Oct 2008, wildwood wrote:

    I too live in Tilehurst, Reading and often saw muntjac deer along Dee Road - a residential area with pockets of scrubby woodland and small grassy areas surrounded by mixed woodland

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  • 438. At 2:33pm on 31 Oct 2008, littlerivs wrote:

    From the responses, Muntjac deer seem pretty common. Has anyone else seen the wallabies of Holcombe, Devon? Would Autumnwatch like to check them out?

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  • 439. At 2:35pm on 31 Oct 2008, beautifulSEFTON wrote:

    I live in Suffolk adjacent to woodland and we have seen muntjak deer and heard them barking on a regular basis, they are quite happy to come into peoples gardens and eat their flowers.

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  • 440. At 2:39pm on 31 Oct 2008, ladysarahandjo wrote:

    Here in North Devon but you failed to notice this and not put it on your mp on last nights show as there was no pin in for North Devon

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  • 441. At 2:43pm on 31 Oct 2008, greatoldbadger wrote:

    Last week whilst walking my dogs i saw a muntjac deer it was in an area of open countryside near to the village of Copthorne in West Sussex

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  • 442. At 2:44pm on 31 Oct 2008, Benjosaur wrote:

    There are muntjacs on Steep Holm island (off Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset).

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  • 443. At 2:46pm on 31 Oct 2008, storm70 wrote:

    hello, really good programm.
    I used to live in Banbury (oxfordshire) and i used to feed the foxes in my front garden, very often a muntjac and her faun would come and pinch some of the food, mainly cut up apple. at night i would hear the fox and muntjac fighting, sounded like a mass killing going on but she was just protecting her baby. haven't seen muntjac anywhere else though.

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  • 444. At 2:49pm on 31 Oct 2008, masterlordyboy wrote:

    I live in Wymondham in Norfolk.We have dear all round the area.Roe and muntjacs.

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  • 445. At 2:50pm on 31 Oct 2008, katyzeta wrote:

    We have muntjacs on the disused railway line near our house at Bloxham near Banbury. This time of year they can be heard quite easily although not always seen.

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  • 446. At 2:52pm on 31 Oct 2008, SNOOKERTHISTLE wrote:

    NOT SEEN ANY MUNTJACS BUT WHAT ABOUT EAGLE OWLS...... WHY R THEY NOT GETTING A MENSION!!!! RSPB REPORTS 7 PAIRS MAY BE NESTING IN ENGLAND? CAN BILL ODDIE SHED ANY LIGHT ON THIS FACT? YOURS....THISTLE THE TWITCHER. P.S. EGRETS N STORKS O.K. Y NOT EAGLE OWLS

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  • 447. At 2:53pm on 31 Oct 2008, lornajohnston wrote:

    I have recently been at Silverburn Shopping Centre Glasgow and on two occasions have spotted Sika deer on both sides of the M77 grazing happily as the traffic is whizzing past keep your eyes open you just never know what you might see!

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  • 448. At 2:56pm on 31 Oct 2008, i_amclivos wrote:

    I live in Norwich and My Parents live in the small town of Stalham they regularly have up to 6 muntjacs visit their garden and surrounding farmland
    Whilst on holiday at centreparcs in thetford I was able to hand feed a munjac that approched our family when we were having lunch, one of the wardens there told me that they had such a large population that they were likely to become a problem by damaging the habitat.

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  • 449. At 2:58pm on 31 Oct 2008, datagardenwatcher wrote:

    Muntjac deer are all year round visitors to our garden in St Ives, Cambridgeshire - most recently a doe with kid nibbling everything they fancy as usual, as well as scooping up the spillings from the bird seed and peanut holders. Yesterday afternoon the doe came into the garden alone and spotted me staring from the window. She didn't run but challenged me by edging towards the house stomping alternately with her front legs and moving her ears independently at amazing angles. She then very slowly went into 'reverse' gear, not at all scared, turned and wandered back through the hedge. We often hear them 'barking' at night from the
    scrubland behind the hedge.

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  • 450. At 3:01pm on 31 Oct 2008, MandaCB wrote:

    I have seen and photographed a muntjac whilst fishing at Kilcot Valley Farm Fishery (on the border of glos and south glos) It was unmistakable feeding amongst the schrubs and bushes. It suddenly bounded across the hillside persued by a large grey dog which luckily stopped when called by its owner!

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  • 451. At 3:01pm on 31 Oct 2008, TrevandAnne wrote:

    We have several Muntjac deer who have been coming to our garden in Rickmansworth Herts for 4 or 5 years. Some of them, especially one particular female, seem to live in the thick bushes down one side of the back garden. One even had a faun there. Unfortunately, we believe the fox got it early one morning. We heard the female barking. This morning there were three in the garden grazing. A fox came in, and the deer stood their ground. Later one of the females chased the fox. Then two of them lay down partly in the bushes partly in the sun chewing the cud.
    They come right up to the house - we have had to fence off the geraniums after they took the flowers off.
    They come in from the woods behind our garden. The railway and the M25 run through the woods. Do you want a photo?

    They don't seem to be shy at all - if we move quietly they will stay in the garden as long as we don't go too close.

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  • 452. At 3:04pm on 31 Oct 2008, wattonbirder wrote:

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  • 453. At 3:07pm on 31 Oct 2008, TrevandAnne wrote:

    One more curious bit of behaviour.
    In the summer, we noticed a pair of magpies following one of the Muntjac deer round the garden. Then one of the magpies landed on its back, and the deer stood absolutely still for several minutes while the magpie pecked at its back. The magpie got down, the deer moved, then the process was repeated. We assume this was the magpie searching for tics or insects and the deer knew it was beneficial

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  • 454. At 3:08pm on 31 Oct 2008, wattonbirder wrote:

    I frequently hear muntjacs barking at night from my garden and occasionally see them in a small wood nearby. Best sighting was 4 all very close together in the summer - all adults.

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  • 455. At 3:13pm on 31 Oct 2008, pumababe wrote:

    I cycle daily between Wyton village & Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Muntjac are very common in the area of reed beds here. They are also common road kills, have seen 6 dead in the past year in a 1 mile stretch of road. Their diet seems to be roots off the reed plants. They have no road sense as they dash out at great speed much to the surprise of unsuspecting drivers in this area.

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  • 456. At 3:18pm on 31 Oct 2008, Nicolsron wrote:

    We regularly see muntjac around Trench Wood and the nearby hamlet of Sale Green in Worcestershire, especially at dusk or early morning. They are quite unfazed by the traffic and will continue grazing as you drive by. They seem to be with a herd of roe deer which I have seen around the village of Crowle also.

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  • 457. At 3:21pm on 31 Oct 2008, Paul wrote:

    Recently saw two Muntjac at the northern end of Arundel Park in Sussex. Also one at Toddington, north Littlehampton, Sussex about 6 months ago.

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  • 458. At 3:23pm on 31 Oct 2008, BIFFOBARNES wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac twice in our garden over the last two weeks and several times during the last two or three years on open common land near to us .We live next to woodland near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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  • 459. At 3:35pm on 31 Oct 2008, Pheasanty wrote:

    I live in Barrow in Suffolk and we see Muntjac all the time and throughout the year in and around this area of Suffolk. They are very common here and although we love to see them, they can be extremely dangerous to moving traffic.

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  • 460. At 3:37pm on 31 Oct 2008, dylanjustina wrote:

    I have seen two Muntjac in Longleat woods between Heavens gate car Park and the lake at Shear Water on a Sunday morning next to a fairly busy pathway. We disturbed them as we rode past on horseback. At first I thought they were dogs - but they were undoubtedly deer once they started the leap at speed !!

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  • 461. At 3:38pm on 31 Oct 2008, ScirusVulgaris wrote:

    We have seen Muntjac in Dulverton, in Exmoor, not far from the main village

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  • 462. At 3:38pm on 31 Oct 2008, dylanjustina wrote:

    longleat park - Somerset / Wiltshire border that is !

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  • 463. At 3:39pm on 31 Oct 2008, poolebirder wrote:

    I saw a muntjac at Rhinefield in the New Forest last week, and in the spring there were 2 in a field in Cranborne Chase, about a mile north of Cranborne, Dorset.

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  • 464. At 3:40pm on 31 Oct 2008, LiveTrilobite wrote:

    We frequently encounter Muntjac around Malmesbury/Chippenham. I can't recall hearing them bark and our dogs have yet to flush one from cover so they do a good job of lying low.

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  • 465. At 3:41pm on 31 Oct 2008, janetpikesfield wrote:

    We have at least 2 muntjaks in my village Coulston near Westbury. They are like little pigs and I always thought the barking in the night was a fox, was I wrong? and its these little deer. Anyone know?

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  • 466. At 3:44pm on 31 Oct 2008, sorrelguy wrote:

    We live very close Claydon,Suffolk in Barham.
    We have plenty of Muntjak deer in our garden also badger's and all type's of birds.We have been visited by the deer day and nightime all year long. I can sit in our living room looking out the patio door and no further then 4 meters away watch all forms of wildlife. We have watched a family of Muntjak grow as we have between 4-6 on a regular basis.

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  • 467. At 3:46pm on 31 Oct 2008, mutnart wrote:

    One muntjac seen in Malshanger Park near Basingstoke on Wednesday morning 29/10/08 as I walked my dog.

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  • 468. At 3:46pm on 31 Oct 2008, noahsarker wrote:

    We regularly see and hear Muntjac on our ground which is about four acres of woodland and scrub, we live in Worcestershire.

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  • 469. At 3:50pm on 31 Oct 2008, auntTwiglet wrote:

    I live in South Norfolk and have Muntjac deer - they love eating rose buds which is very annoying!!

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  • 470. At 3:53pm on 31 Oct 2008, chipkins wrote:

    We have seen them (2) in the fields behind our house - Bathford BA1 7TE

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  • 471. At 3:58pm on 31 Oct 2008, mollyjay wrote:

    Norton Common in Letchworth is 'alive' with Muntjacs, along with our black squirrels! I see Muntjacs every day when out with the dogs, and on one morning counted 14 in the space of less than an hour.

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  • 472. At 4:01pm on 31 Oct 2008, awesomesealpups wrote:

    We have seen Muntjacs in Peterborough where we live on several occasions and also in elveden forest when cycling(suffolk).

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  • 473. At 4:05pm on 31 Oct 2008, lordkatestevenson wrote:

    we saw a muntjac crossing the road in Wisbech, Cambs going towards the National Trust Field

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  • 474. At 4:12pm on 31 Oct 2008, fearlessSalgal wrote:

    We saw a mother and youngster Muntjac in Lapworth, Warwickshire one night whilst driving home. They wandered serenely along the lane in front of us before disappearing into the hedge.

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  • 475. At 4:13pm on 31 Oct 2008, fantasticsurreysue wrote:

    We have a thriving community of muntjac deer on Kenley Common in Surrey

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  • 476. At 4:16pm on 31 Oct 2008, grandTrisha wrote:

    I have seen Muntjacs on our allotment in Boston lincs they have also been see in the old part of the cemetery.
    Trish

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  • 477. At 4:20pm on 31 Oct 2008, geoffandtricia wrote:

    We have a buck muntjac that comes into our garden on a regular basis. We live in Hadley Wood, Barnet. Do they go in herds etc, we have never seen another.

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  • 478. At 4:28pm on 31 Oct 2008, RealKeithDancey wrote:

    Muntjacs are commonly sighted moving along the Oxford - Bicester railway line in north Oxford, and I have seen mother and fawn pairings on many occasions, and a train fatality once.

    Here they used to have easy access to the large suburban gardens. However, National Rail have recently installed industrial railings along the cutting, and this has resulted in a reduction of sightings.


    Wytham Woods (north west Oxford) also has Muntjac, among other deer, which threaten the natural regeneration of the wood. Carefully monitored exclusion zones demonstrate the startling amount of damage to the ground flora that these herbivores can commit. Above a certain population density of deer, in fact, it is quite impossible for a wood to regenerate at all, and eventually the woodland will die.


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  • 479. At 4:28pm on 31 Oct 2008, lincoln_long_wool wrote:

    Muntjac live in the small wood behind our house in South Lincolnshire and often run through our garden.

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  • 480. At 4:36pm on 31 Oct 2008, sensiblePresto wrote:

    We see and hear muntjaks almost every day here in rural Norfolk. They often come into our garden and eat our flowers. They are particularly partial to tulips in the spring.

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  • 481. At 4:37pm on 31 Oct 2008, auntiestellaflower wrote:

    I live in a block of flats in South West Hertfordshire. In August I saw a pair of Muntjacs in the communal grounds by the trees. I was so pleased to see them.

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  • 482. At 4:39pm on 31 Oct 2008, jwillmer wrote:

    A mother and fawn (or is that kid?) were seen three times during one week both at the far side of the field at the bottom of our garden and against our garden fence. They moved slowly and quietly along the hedge, disappering as quickly as they came. My husband described them as wallabies due to their 'back view' as they bounded across a fallen tree!
    We live very close to Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire where Muntjac are a common site.

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  • 483. At 4:40pm on 31 Oct 2008, deeroy wrote:

    We live in Sambourne,, Redditch and saw a muntjac in the field ajoining our bungalow Wednesday morning at 7.45 am

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  • 484. At 4:40pm on 31 Oct 2008, hugogillibean wrote:

    Muntjak are common in East Hertfordshire. My old black lab was fascinated many years ago by a doe and her fawn, well hidden in the undergrowth alongside the grass footpath which leads from our house into woodland. She seemed amazingly unperturnbed! They are a common sight, leaping across the roads at dusk - as is the occasional roe deer. Hugogillibean.

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  • 485. At 4:41pm on 31 Oct 2008, seavictoriahannah wrote:

    I have seen Muntjac in the area around Compton in Berkshire.

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  • 486. At 4:45pm on 31 Oct 2008, swissblockley wrote:

    Muntjacs have been common in Warwickshire, West Midlands, Gloucestershire for years and years. I have always come across them. I was surprised Simon was so surprised.

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  • 487. At 4:46pm on 31 Oct 2008, paulm0xdx wrote:

    We have several Muntjac here in the sand dunes on the Lincolnshire coast at Mablethorpe.
    We sometimes see them from our conservatory and I have photographed them.

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  • 488. At 4:47pm on 31 Oct 2008, chainsawdeb wrote:

    While on holiday in Norfolk last week I saw a Muntjac in the woods that adjoin Holkham Beach. I mentioned it to a guy who was taking photos of birds and he confirmed that there are some in those woods - I also watched a gang of stoats playing on a grassy hillock in the same wood - riveting.

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  • 489. At 4:48pm on 31 Oct 2008, shakyyogagirl wrote:

    Muntjac seen and heard in Selsdon Woods in the London Borough of Croydon!

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  • 490. At 4:49pm on 31 Oct 2008, JayWoods wrote:

    Always seeing and hearing the deer in woods around Great Coxwell near our Home Faringdon, Oxfordshire. Our Jack russell Loves chasing them you should have seen her face when they were on the TV on wednesday.

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  • 491. At 4:50pm on 31 Oct 2008, grandadclive wrote:

    There are many Muntjacs to be seen the NT managed Hatfield Forest in Essex

    A Muntjac can regularly be seen grazing on the bank side of the rounabout beneath the A10 on the A414 slip road towards Harlow Essex

    And last but not least Muntjac sightings are seen on a regular basis in fields in Sawbridgeworth Herts post code CM21 (Beckinham Palace country)

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  • 492. At 5:09pm on 31 Oct 2008, cattjunior wrote:

    We have a population of Muntjacs on the bath road covered reservoir in Reading. It's a small green area in the centre of town. I always wondered how they got there, simons explanation of them using the railway lines fits perfectly, it's right next to the train tacks.

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  • 493. At 5:16pm on 31 Oct 2008, yomahill wrote:

    we have populations of muntjac in our area,between west +south yorkshire,we also have red kites and buzzards brill !!!!

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  • 494. At 5:18pm on 31 Oct 2008, suehorse wrote:

    we have a stables in barnet with 100 acres and often see muntjac in the fields and even along the road at night . Everyone sees them even the children which is lovely >they are not bothered and are used to the horses so sometimes you can get quite close.

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  • 495. At 5:21pm on 31 Oct 2008, dogwalker04 wrote:

    My sons saw a muntjac in our garden about 3 weeks ago. We live in the B45 postcode area with a local railway line at the bottom of our garden.

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  • 496. At 5:21pm on 31 Oct 2008, climber_lin wrote:

    I saw a mutjac in Peterborough trotting along beside the railway line near Crown Park,Yaxley; which supports the theory of how they travel.
    I have also seen them fairly often in the local woods, and sadly quite frequently run-over on the roads.
    They have certainly been in this area for at least 15 years, and probably more.

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  • 497. At 5:34pm on 31 Oct 2008, amberhaze wrote:

    We have muntjac deer on Hazeley Heath, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire which borders our garden. We had problems with them eating our flowers, particularly Spring bulbs, until we installed a deer proof fence. They have been seen running down our road early in the morning, eating neighbours roses etc.

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  • 498. At 5:48pm on 31 Oct 2008, PicklePicc wrote:

    I have seen muntjac in and around Wheatley in Oxfordshire, as well as at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire.

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  • 499. At 5:57pm on 31 Oct 2008, Gnuboblet wrote:

    We live in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth and have seen Male Muntjac walking along streets at night. Unfortunately, the other time we see them is as casualties by the road side, five in this area over the past year.

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  • 500. At 6:07pm on 31 Oct 2008, darlingbandit wrote:

    We live on the norfolk / Suffolk borders in the village of Alburgh. We often see muntjac when we are out walking, especially at dusk. They seem very tame and never nervous when we pass. Most nights we hear their familiar barking calls.

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