Well silage making started down here on Tues and after a lull for 3 days they were cutting grass yesterday. Spoke to my friendly tractor driver who said he flushed a doe and so slowed down and subsequently found a newly born kid afterbirth still present. He had to move it to the headland. He told me where so early last night we had a look not a roe to be seen and no kid. Later on at dark the same field contained 3 fox cubs and 3 adults. I shot 2 vixens but I don't think the kid had any chance. Later that eve we were on anther patch, lovely doe very reluctant to move from a partially mown field, so highly likely to have a kid, she was there on Tues eve.
On the next circuit the roe was still in the field together with a fox hunting, so another vixen was dispatched. I s'pose time will tell what the overall mortality is.
On Friday I saw at distance from the train a roe with a what looked like a tiny kid so it appears this week appears to be peak birth time in South Glos.
This week since Tues we have shot 10 foxes the place is alive. We have seen cubs ranging from nearly adult size to small cats. Everything we have shot has been an adult, can't fathom out where they are all coming from.