I wonder if anyone has any experience of the impact of construction work on deer in the surronding area.
To give some back ground, I am a member of a syndicate just north of the border. The land is privately owned forestry and covers about 1000 acres. There is currently a single point of access and a rough track that leads to roughly the middle of the ground. The ground holds resident Roe and Reds which come off the surrounding moors onto the land.
Construction work has started on a network of tracks through the land. When finished these will be really helpful as they will make retrieval easier. As I understand it (and I apologise for the lack of detail) the construction will involve digging with a JCB and then back filling with stone. I guess the stone will have to come in on lorries. My understanding is that the works will be fairly low key with a single machine working in one area at a time and progressing through the land from one end to the other.
The ground is large enough for there to be quite a bit of distance (maybe half a mile or so) between the works and other areas that hold deer. My question is - are the construction works likely to scare off any deer in the area and if so, how quickly might they return. I am wondering whether there is much point in going up there while the works are on going.
I'd be very grateful for your thoughts on this.