We have a small number of Muntjac’s on my local patch, a few of them are quite bold and are often reported in gardens around the village eating flowers, annoying or entertaining the householders.
Many of them are shy and I only get glimpses of them in the wood as they dart for cover.
Some hide in hedgerows, like this young one with its mum.
Here are a few facts about Muntjacs
- The Reeves muntjac or Chinese muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) is not a native deer to the UK
- It was brought to Woburn Park in Bedfordshire in 1894
- Native to South East China
- They stand shoulder height 45-52 cm
- Males have tusks which are elongated canine teeth
- They eat ivy, bramble, shoots, flowers, fruit, nuts, dead leaves and fungi.
- They can live between 10 and 13 years
- They are known as the ‘Barking deer’
- They only have one baby, but can breed all year round
- Muntjac have two pairs of scent glands on the face, the ones just below the eyes are easily visible. Both glands are used to mark their territories and boundaries
- Being a non-native species Muntjac are not protected in the UK and are part of the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019
I’m pleased to let you know that you can now Pre-order my debut book ‘Get Your Boots On’ on Amazon UK where you can see a preview few pages.
It will also be available from Waterstones and hopefully independent book shops