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Thread: Are there sika in the thornhill area

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    Are there sika in the thornhill area

    Do you get sika deer in the Thornhill area sort of south ayrshire north dumfriesshire

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    Never heard of any quite so far west. There is a few on west side of 74.

    Not really that far as the crow flies from top of summit over to thornhill but mainly open moorland/rough hill ground.
    No doubt they could travel that in no time if they wanted too

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    Don't know about Thornhill but there were a few around Newton Stewart twenty years a go presume they are still there it's not so very far from Thornbill so its possible.

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    Are you certain it was a sika and not a fallow?
    I witnessed a couple of L2 stalks not far from there, and know there are a significant amount of fallow close by.
    I've never know of sika in that area though. . . .Saying that they are almost certainly on the move Westwards and its not beyond the realms that it could have been. I saw two sika hinds West of Glespin last year (just off the A70)
    Last edited by Cadex; 07-02-2016 at 21:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadex View Post
    Are you certain it was a sika and not a fallow?
    I witnessed a couple of L2 stalks not far from there, and know there are a significant amount of fallow not far from there..
    I've never know of sika in that area though. . . .Saying that they are almost certainly on the move Westwards and its not beyond the realms that it could have been. I saw two sika hinds West of Glespin last year.
    Shot a couple near Newton Stewart over twenty years ago.

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    never seen them my self its a syndicate place i am looking at

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    There are definitely Sika on that side of the 74 right out into Galloway.
    I handled a stag that had been shot in the Dalveen Pass area a few years ago. It was a hybrid with all the appearances of both Red and Sika and I judged it to be about five years old. The guy who shot it said it was holding a group of hinds on the open hill. It made me wonder at that time how far the little Japanese phantoms had got. I got a wry smile when asking an FC ranger did they put any in the larder from Galloway and the answer was "No they are all Reds".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davie_M View Post
    Do you get sika deer in the Thornhill area sort of south ayrshire north dumfriesshire
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    Not that I know of at Thornhill but the odd one will know doubt wander through from the East as reds West of there include hybrid traits unfortunately.

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    My guess would be probably, the Sika have moved and spread farther than some people think, not in huge numbers, but you'd be surprised.

    M

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