Water deer were brought to this country from China in the late 1800s. Since the mid-twentieth century, some have been released or have escaped from captivity.
Their current strongholds are in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Highest densities are in wetlands, many of which are nature reserves, but significant numbers also occur on farmland. In order to maximise chances of seeing them, it is necessary to know precisely where they are, and when they are likely to be visible, both seasonally and diurnally.
Factors affecting population expansion and loss are briefly discussed, as is the future of the species in this country.
Date(s) - 17/08/2019
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Merlin Lecture Theatre