Sunday afternoon i decided to pop out for a nice quiet afternoons stroll and have a look for an old roe buck that i had seen on some local ground on which i manage the small roe popualtion
Its only a couple of hundred acres in size but the owners like me to pop in frequently and check all is well, and as the ground is situated near a busy main road the occasional rta wounding is unfortunately not that uncommon.
Upon my arrival whats the first thing i see not the three does with the old buck following leisurely on behind as expected OH NO instead its six fire engines, rescue vehicles and police everywhere.
Getting out the truck with the police fast aproaching to see who i am i can clearly see what all the fuss is about, a helicopter has crashed landed in the field next to where i had expected to see the roe deer.
The pilot apparently had suffered serious head injuries and had been air lifted to hospital some of you may well have seen it on the news
After establishing who i was with the police [ i think they thought i was the press at first ] it was back in the truck and time to make a hasty departure leaving the buck for another day.
Lets just hope the pilot hangs on in there and makes a full recovery.
RICK O SHEA