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GUILTY M'LUD - VANDAL EXPOSED

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One of the joys of living on a small, quiet development a mile out of town, with countryside on three sides, is the pleasure of receiving so many welcome animal and bird visitors, not to mention a few amphibians. Unfortunately, there is the occasional downside and we are currently suffering one of these. Last Summer, I heard an excited yapping and barking coming from my orchard, which I can only see through two ‘arches’ in my 50 foot long Laurel hedge. I did not see the source but my neighbour saw a Muntjac (or Monkjack) deer in the adjoining field the same day and I spotted one a few days later.
Now, I did not want to point a positive accusing finger at such a delightful little creature but my new (last September) Camellia “Brushfield’s Yellow” for which I had so many high hopes for the coming Summer and my well established Arbutus, both of which looked in prime condition a few weeks ago were found to have been heavily ‘nibbled’ last week and are now in a parlous state. The Camellia has barely any leaf left and the Arbutus has been stripped bare on one side. Sadly, my only suspect was the Muntjac but I was hoping to be able to exonerate him. Whatever it was had left many little piles of droppings.
This afternoon I glanced out of my ‘office’ window and spotted something unusual under the hedge near the rear of the garden. I had my reading glasses on at the time, so I had a look through my binoculars – and my worst fears were confirmed!

THE DAMAGECAMELLIA

THE DAMAGEARBUTUS

THE ACCUSED
Photos taken through the window to avoid disturbing him! Hence the unfortunate ‘haze’.

After taking these photos, I went out and tried to sneak up on him from behind the cover of the Viburnum, hoping to get a close-up but he had gone – without a sound!

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AAAAaaawwwwwww how Sweet is That Ponty? :D

22 Feb, 2010

 

Lovely creature which i just Googled to find BBC Gardeners' World.com have a few comments, for and against. I;m not sure if their beauty belies their destructive habits though !

22 Feb, 2010

 

What a little Vandal! I do not think for one minute that this poor
Deer realised he was chomping on your treasured plants.....but, he does
look very guilty about it Ponty....Lovely pics. Nice Blog. : -)))

22 Feb, 2010

 

Oh dearie me. Such an attractive vandal! Well, that's about the only animal that isn't a suspect in the destruction of my garden, Ponty, so please keep him with you - I do NOT want any more wildlife, thanks very much.

Nice to see - at a distance!!! What a shame about your lovely shubs, though. Can you protect them from any more damage, maybe with chicken wire?

22 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks, all. They are lovely people but, as you say, very destructive. He would be welcome to stay in my orchard which has plenty of bramble still to be cleared. (They like bramble, apparently!) but I'm afraid I will have to ask him to move on! My wife is incandescent at the damage to her new Camellia - there is only one bud left. She might soften a bit when I show her the photos this evening. I have some good, temporary fencing, Spritz and intend to set it up tomorrow.

22 Feb, 2010

 

I can't blame her. I think you know that I've been distraught recently at Badger and then rabbit damage in my garden. :-(((

I really hope that he goes away and leaves your plants alone, now.

22 Feb, 2010

 

You did well, Ponty, to get the Muntjac photos... :o)

22 Feb, 2010

 

Lovely photo`s Ponty but I must admit I`d probably feel the same way as your wife if one made a meal out of my prize plants, sods law says he won`t help with your brambles if your shrubs are tastier.. Hope the fencing works for you because he is lovely and I guess you don`t mind the occasional visit.......

22 Feb, 2010

 

Depending on what ELSE he fancies for lunch, Ll!

22 Feb, 2010

 

I`m afraid he is the culprit Ponty so its guilty as charged! We get lots of complaints at the garden centre where I work about the damage that deer cause. If I could come up with a foolproof method to stop them eating plants I`d be a multi millionaire...lol! ;o)))

22 Feb, 2010

 

I finally had to 'bite the bullet' and put up a six foot fence all along the back of the garden to keep out the Muntjak and Roe Deer.

22 Feb, 2010

 

It seems you'll have to deter them somehow, but they are pretty things :o)

22 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks, all. Get cracking with those ideas LabD. He doesn't seem to fancy anything else, Spritz. There's not much left of the Camellia and what remains of the Arbutus seems too high for him. He hasn't found the other Camellia (in the front garden yet but he probably won't go round there - too much activity! I will protect it for the time being, though. Fencing is out of the question, I'm afraid, Wagger. I'd need another mortgage - there's 200 yards of perimiter hedge! I have no idea how to deter him Hywel. I understand they make good, clean house pets. Does anybody want him? He's a deer little thing. LoL

23 Feb, 2010

 

Great photo sorry about your plant though.

23 Feb, 2010

 

Lovely photos of the muntjac.......

23 Feb, 2010

 

Lovely pictures Ponty. Just managed to reply to you.
What about Chicken wire round your precious plants?

5 Mar, 2010

 

Are they still about .... ????

19 Jul, 2010

 

Sorry I am a little late in replying B8. I only returned from holiday last night. I have not seen the little devil for a few months, fortunately. My Camellia, Arbutus and Verbena (which was also badly damaged) have now completely recovered and I am now protecting them and other plants with "Grazers" spray which was recommended to me to keep deer, rabbits and pigeons away. However, I am told that there are quite a number of Muntjac in the vicinity so I am keeping my fingers crossed. Perhaps he didn't like having his photo taken! :)

21 Jul, 2010

 

Hope you enjoyed your holiday and the french sun put in an appearance :~)

21 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks B8. The holiday was thoroughly enjoyable and the weather was superb.

22 Jul, 2010

 

Glad to hear it. Back to weeding the garden now I suppose... lol :~)

22 Jul, 2010

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