In Praise of Deer
On a warm March afternoon, a chance encounter with a landowner, led to my being granted access to a privately owned woodland at my leisure. My camera with a 500mm lens attached is a talking point for the many people I bump into. The landowner suggested I would have more luck spotting deer in her woodland, than the forest I happened to be exploring at the time. I've visited the wood three times now; a stream flows through the centre and about thirty wild Fallow deer roam freely. A further advantage of visiting a private forest is the absence of people. Members of the Katy Perry Generation telling the entire forest that "I'm so OCD about my makeup!" are thankfully consigned to history or Abbots Wood on a Sunday evening. I now have seven good quality deer locations in Sussex to work with. Some are exclusively Roe deer sites, while others, particularly the woodlands are home to Fallow, Roe and Muntjac. I hope you enjoy my latest work and will follow me over the summer, as I bring these beautiful creatures to your screen.