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Have you seen the roundabout deer at Barnwood?

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: September 27, 2008

DEER-STRACTION: A deer on the C&G roundabout, seen below.

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DEER spotted on a roundabout in Gloucester are sending motorists into a spin.

The animals have been seen grazing on one of the busiest roundabouts in the county.

British Energy worker Laura O'Mahony managed to take a picture of one standing at the centre of the C&G roundabout at Barnwood, near to where she works.

"We were so surprised we went round again to check our eyes weren't deceiving us" said Laura.

The roundabout is at the junction of the A40 and A417 on the eastern side of Gloucester and huge numbers of traffic pass by every day.

But that doesn't seem to worry the deer.

Tracey Weygang, of Abbeydale, said she has seen several deer there.

"I couldn't believe it when I first saw them but I've been back and they are always there," she said.

"There are about three of them and I think they are only young.

"My husband has also spotted them, he works for the AA.

"I just hope they are not hit by a car."

When The Citizen visited the site yesterday, no deer could be found.

But their presence was confirmed by telltale droppings in the middle of the roundabout.

A C&G spokesman was not aware that any staff had seen the deer.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's head of reserves, Tom Burditt, said he was not surprised to hear of a sighting on the edge of an urban area.

"Nationally, deer are on the increase," he said.

"It's as a result of a new species, Muntjac, being introduced, and that there is less hunting and management of deer.

"They are very mobile at certain times of the year. It's coming up to the rut at the moment for roe deer and you tend to get males roaming around the countryside.

"They are not very picky about what they eat – young trees, hedgerows, flowers.

"They can jump a 6ft-high fence at full speed, they are no respecter of a normal gate or fence.

"They will cross a road, particularly if there is cover on both sides."

The deer in Mrs O'Mahony's picture does not appear to be of a muntjac but could be a fallow or roe deer. Fallow deer tend to roam more and Roe deer stand at around 3ft, he said.

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    melissa, gloucester  |  October 02 2008, 9:24PM

    mark barber from chelt, what a catch you sound ?? i bet your a lovely fun guy to be with??? could you run from the roundabout to the side of the road for me please? just in time for me to come along in my 4x4 and mow you down ha ha....

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    JO, GLOUCESTER  |  September 30 2008, 8:56PM


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    anon, g  |  September 29 2008, 3:57PM

    Oh Deer

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    Mark Barber, Cheltenham  |  September 28 2008, 5:24PM

    Well I hope to see the carcasses when they all get mown down by a huge lorry.

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    Sharone, Gloucester, Gloucestershire  |  September 28 2008, 4:52PM

    Today, Sunday, I saw three small deer on the roundabout at about 11.45am with traffic whizzing past them. It looks like a mother with two fawns, but it is difficult to say for sure. They certainly weren't bothered by the traffic. I hope they are left alone on there....

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    Tim, Glaws  |  September 28 2008, 1:51PM

    what do you call a dear with no eye's and no legs? Still no idea.

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    Dave, longlevens  |  September 28 2008, 9:36AM

    We saw a young deer last Thursday night and had to drive back up and down the bypass to make sure we weren't seeing things. Seems like they got there in the middle of the night when no cars around but then difficult for them to get back to where they came from. Hope they made it back to where they came from ok.

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    katie spear, glos  |  September 28 2008, 8:02AM

    what do you call a dear with no eye's? no idea

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    gordon bearflat, Gloucester  |  September 27 2008, 8:07PM

    Yep, we saw one last week - small (alsatian-sized) and very active at 1000 on a busy Saturday morning - it was great to see

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    Dave, Longford  |  September 27 2008, 6:20PM

    Liz, Where do these deer work then ?.