Firstly I'd just like to say hi since I'm a new member here.
I was just wondering if it was possible for anyone to help as I have volunteered on the estate where I work to undertake a small project regarding the interpretation of the ecology of deer.
Other than being able to ID deer I don't really know all that much about them - I did a countryside management diploma and although we did a small part on deer it was aimed more towards the conservation side of things i.e. protecting plantations and such.
So I thought this would be a good oppourtunity to get up to speed with deer and at the same time produce something useful for other people who aren't all that aware of their life cycle and ecology.
Basically, I'm looking at trying to create an annual time-line or a sort of yearly 'clock' containing the annual life cycles of the six UK deer species, the annual breeding ecology and then comparing the difference.
Also I'd like to have a small section explaining their habitat requirements in relation to their life-cycle.
I've been on the Deer Initiative's & other websites, who do seems to have some good information but it's not all that concsise in relation to what I'm looking for and was wondering if anyone would have a spare moment to lend a hand?
I've left it a bit late really as I was hoping to find some books in my local library but there seems to be a lack of books relating to ecology based subjects.
Would by hugely grateful if anyone could help.