on 11 February 2001
For those amongst you who are fascinated by deer and their habitat, Peter Carne's new book "Deer of Britain & Ireland" is one that you will wish to add to your bookshelf. Peter has been involved with deer for 60-odd years, has a wealth of knowledge on the subject, and only two years ago published an excellent book "Woodland Stalking". His latest work has little directly to do with stalking, being more of a geographical history of the deer to be found in Great Britain and Ireland. Of course, much of this history evolves from ancient hunting reserves and the parks of stately homes. After an initial summary of our wild deer species and distribution, Carne takes us on a county by county tour, telling how and when the various deer arrived there. Not only does he concern himself with the indigenous varieties, but also collections from around the world, including endangered and protected species. Probably the one thing I found most fascinating was the large numbers of deer parks that have existed, at one time or another, throughout our countries. Prolifically illustrated it may be, but some of the photography is a little disappointing in quality. All in all this book is terrifically informative, and, despite being a little on the expensive side, is worth the cover price.
on 19 March 2003
I spend many days walking in the countryside in the hope of spotting wildlife. This book is a very good starting point if you want to discover the deer that live (often very secretly) in our countryside. It is full of accurate information giving detailed population and distribution information.
The authors detailed research saves you a vast amount of time by allowing you to locate the areas where you are likely (with sharp eyes, and silent steps) to encounter deer. Sometimes even the most urban locations aren't that far from deer populations.
Have a read about your local countryside deer population, then go find them.