Herds of deer regularly graze at dawn and dusk in the fields around our garden. When I walk in the woods surrounding our rural valley in West Sussex I get glimpses of them through the trees. Often I wonder where do they rest? This week my question was answered when I saw all these does ‘lying up’ in a field next to us. I found out that when deer rest between feeding it’s called ‘lying up.’
Perhaps some of them are pregnant. In the Autumn our valley echoed every night with the roars of stags during the rutting season. The clashing of antlers sounded like sword fights in the dark. Early last summer we had fawns playing among the wild flowers next to our fence. So I’m hoping that these does were not just lying up but resting because there will soon be little ones running by our garden fence.