An insert off the commission website. Question, has anybody actually see Red or Sika in the Welshpool area? Or Muntjack in the Wrexham area?
The text was written in 2012.
NOTES TO EDITORS
A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.
Forestry COMMISSION Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Geographical SPREAD of deer in Wales:
Living wild in Brecon Beacons between Trecastle and Cwm Taf. Some escapees in the Margam Bryn forest area, as well as sightings in the LLEYN PENINSULA and Welshpool area.
Released in the early 1970s on the English side of the border, near Presteigne.
Now present throughout Radnorshire on Welsh Government and private land.
Roe have also been sighted along the M4 corridor, in the Lower Wye Valley and throughout Mid and North Wales (although these are not regular sightings and are probably transitory animals).
Main clusters: Denbighshire, predominantly on private land but some on Welsh Government land.
Coed-y-Brenin, (Dolgellau) some on private land but predominantly on Welsh Government land.
Powis Castle Estate (Welshpool), predominantly on private land, some on Welsh Government land.
Welshpool, on both Welsh Government and private land.
Llandeilo, predominantly on private land.
Margam, Port Talbot, predominantly on Welsh Government land, some on private and local authority land.
Wentwood, on Welsh Government and private land.
Lower Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, on both Welsh Government and private land.
There was a very small group (possibly still surviving) on the Teifi Marshes and unconfirmed reports of sika in the Pembrey Forest area. Also possible sightings near Welshpool.
Anecdotal sightings along the M4 and M55 corridors, as well as sightings in the Lower Wye Valley and Radnorshire. Strong anecdotal sightings in the Mold-Wrexham area.
Chinese Water Deer
None known to exist in Wales.