At the back of the wildlife flower meadow on my local patch a couple of muddy patches have appeared. Each time I walk past them I wonder what caused them, so I’ve been doing a bit of research.
One patch is used much more than the other, but both patches are around 1.5m long by 1m wide. There is also some damage to the tree just behind the muddy patch.
I saw this clip by Pocket Pals App which started making me think it could be caused by Fallow deer. If you watch at 1 minute 25 seconds you can see a male fallow deer scraping the ground before he sits down.
If you look closely at the mud you can see large deer footprints and some long scrapes.
I’ve often seen much small scrapes made by roe deer where they lay to chew cud and sleep, these are called ‘couches’. In the Spring and summer Roe deer will just lay on the grass, but in the autumn and winter they will go in to the woodland and scrape away the leaves and undergrowth to lie on the bare earth.
The new scrapes I’ve found are much deeper and bigger so I’m guessing it has been made by a Fallow deer.
I’d be grateful if anyone can tell me any more information from the photos.