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1 Oct 2013

Perry Hay

Grid Ref SO630113



There is an area at Perry Hay which has had deer fencing around it for many years. This area is 17.5 hectares in size so the length of the deer fencing is extensive. The area was originally used for growing conifers for timber production but when this was all cleared it was planted out with broadleaved trees. The fencing was erected to prevent deer damage to the young trees but the trees have now reached a considerable size. Most of the fencing is intact still although there were signs of damage caused during the years.

Our task was to remove the remaining fence as there had been cases of deer being caught in it.

During the day we saw two sow boar with five two week old piglets. This is unusual at this time of year as it is late in the year for the piglets to be born.






The remaining deer fence is just visible here. The task was quite hard as a lot of the deer fencing was tangled up in the trees. Our forest ranger took most of the rolled up old fencing away for us.





We found a sheltered spot away from the rain for a rest.





A few of the team were cutting and burning invasive birch near to the ponds we cleared earlier in the year.

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