Taking a drive out in the New Forset this morning and a couple of deer were walking through the undergrowth. Managed to fire off a few shots, was quite chuffed with this one as it seemed to know the exact pose I wanted.
Mike,Les I've never been to the new forest,I've never seen sika in the wild. I knew what I was looking at has sika blood but no idea about purity I am aware that our own Red deer, the North American Elk/ Wapiti and the various incarnates of sika all share a common ancestor. which broke into the three populations N american Eupopean and Asian we know today So the (probably) Japanese sika here in the UK are actively hybridising with the red . The hybrids being fertile are a problem. Mike it appears from a quick look at the BDS site that the new forest hold one of the few pops of pure sika .
So Les, it looks like you and bang on mate cheers for this. I was sort of angling for knowledge on how to ID hybrids............ but that looks hard ok impossible :.
After reading Les's post I went to the font of all UK Deer knowledge.................. the Brit Deer Society. It appears that the hybrids after gen one ie the F 1 are the devils own to ID . Following gens look more and more like one or other parent.
Mike I deleted a lot last night fearing I was derailing your thread. Within that link is something ,that "just the possibility of" completely rocked my world last night.
Mate We have 6 species of deer in the UK let's say roamin' around. Sika, Chinese water deer, and Reeves Muntjac fairly recent additions. Fallow were brought here waaay back all non native.
We have two True natives Roe and Red ............................ even a hint that some folks consider that the mainland Red population might no longer be pure is astounding to me. Mike that's akin to your scottish wild cat turning into a semi domestic, feral what ever moggie.
yeah that's why I,m waffling Mike . Tis amazing what a few toffs and their big ole country piles back in the 18oo's have done for our ecosystem