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    Deer in Pontypool

    I was watching Iolo Williams new series on "Great Welsh Parks" and the programme in question was featuring Pontypool park which is essentially urban and quite a long way from known deer habitat. He mentioned that many people had observed occasional deer in the park and called in a guy from the Deer Initiative to have a look. He was content that there were signs of deer having been in the woods and from the height of the browse line thought they might be roe although one report from the park staff referred to a "stag", again conceivably a roe buck but more likely a fallow buck. It would be nice to think that roe were working their way into the Welsh valleys as there is a lot of good habitat now as long as the lampers and dog boys leave them alone.

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    Hi Paul,

    There have been reports to Roe being around the Pontypool area for a while now whether they have got there by themselves or thumbed a lift with Ivor Williams no one will say but after being on the box you can Guaranty that every man and his dog will be there now


    ATB

    Pau D

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    I'm going to take back what I said about Pontypool Park being a long way from known deer habitat, they wouldn't need too much of a ride with Ifor at all as roe have been present around Monmouth and the Wye Valley for a while, that probably means they've got into the Usk valley and it's only a few miles from there to Pontypool. Fallow probably have a little further to go. The other thing that was clear on the programme is that the deer sign was probably not recent and phototraps came up blank so they may not be hanging around.
    Last edited by paul k; 29-01-2015 at 16:44.

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    Several years ago I had a phone call from a friend who lived behind Usk college who was sat in his house looking at four deer in his garden. From his description they sounded like they may be Roe and this was confirmed when I looked at the slots left behind.
    I have another friend who lives down by the Black bear who had fallow in his field and fallow were also seen in Lasgarn woods

    A nice roe buck was shot at Raglan by a member off this site as the landowner didn't want deer on his land

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    Fallow escaped from the community farm in Cwmbran a few years ago not all were caught. There was also a fallow doe around llandegffyd reservoir, Don't know if it has been shot or not yet.
    Regards Sean

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    Fallow escaped from the community farm in Cwmbran a few years ago not all were caught. There was also a fallow doe around llandegffyd reservoir, Don't know if it has been shot or not yet.
    Regards Sean

    Hi Sean,

    fallow in Greenmeadow were released when the fence was cut.

    They found the head of the buck in the woods opposite but not sure of the rest of the does

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    Hi Lads,

    I think that only three fallow escaped one was found to be knocked over and as Elmer has said the Bucks head was found and I believe that the other doe has been shot there are a few fallow in a near by forest and a smattering of Roe I know that they have crossed the Usk as some have been sited on the other side of the Valley so the Roe seem to be spreading further West.

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    I live exactly one mile away from the entrance gates to the park so watched the TV program with interest. I was most delighted when Iolo's trail cam caught pictures of the otter on the Afon Llwyd that borders the park as my wife and I saw one only a mile away one evening a couple of years ago but our sighting was not totally believed by some folk who assumed we must have seen a mink. Iola also reported the white buzzards that have been regulars at the park for some years and showed film of the dippers by the old mill pool near the leisure centre but somehow missed the kingfishers that frequent that part of the river.

    Some years ago while walking in the park I got into conversation with a guy who was carrying out a project in the park. The chap was a shooter and he told me of the occasional sighting of muntjac in that area of the park nearest to American gardens and the folly. I have also heard reports from a fellow stalker of muntjac at Mamhilad which as the crow flies is only over the brow of the hill and some 1.5 miles away. A police officer who also shoots reported some time ago a roe as being sighted to the rear of the Wain-y-clair again in Mamhilad, and I also hear reports of a deer occasionally sighted near New Inn common again only the other side of the hill and in the general direction of Usk which would tie in with the sightings near the agricultural college at Usk. So these reports along with evidence by way of a muntjac road casualty on the Treherbert Road suggest that there are definitely some muntjac in the area and possibly some roe. I would however have been very pleasantly surprised in the trail cams that Iolo placed had actually caught a picture of a roe in the park itself as the park is far to active with dog walkers from first light until last. There again I never rule anything out.
    I would however have been totally flabergasted if he produced pictures of the "stag" he mentioned.

    Now as regards the escaped fallow from Greenmeadow community farm, Cwmbran. I can only think that some poor misguided person took pity on the poor creatures and the dreadfully small enclosure that they were being kept in and decided to release them to take their chances in the town. Unfortunately at least one fell victim to one of the local poachers, though I am told that some returned to the farm and were recaptured. There was I understand consideration to a plan at one time to shoot the escapees who had taken up residence in a small wood in the interests of road safety!
    Last edited by 8x57; 30-01-2015 at 03:52.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    Fallow escaped from the community farm in Cwmbran a few years ago not all were caught. There was also a fallow doe around llandegffyd reservoir, Don't know if it has been shot or not yet.
    Regards Sean
    Sean that could tie in with very occasional sightings of fallow near New Inn common at certain times of the year.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    The farmers who run Usk college, (Williams) also have two farms at Pant-Y- CwCw near Llanbadoc and were telling me that they often see a deer sitting out with the cows up by Tower wood which is in between R.O.F Glascoed and Usk college. They were unsure as to what breed of deer it was but that it was fairly big.

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