Deer safari date

THE Forestry Commission is urging nature lovers to wake at the crack of dawn and join an expedition to track down magnificent roe deer.

A spring safari setting out at 6am on Saturday from Kielder Castle is being staged through the wilderness of Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The event is part of the Wild about Kielder season, giving people chance to see the forest’s stunning wildlife at close quarters.

Philip Spottiswood, Forestry Commission Wildlife Manager for Northern England, said: “An early start gives us the best chance of seeing this shy creature in its natural setting. We will keep our eyes peeled for young bucks, now sporting fully-grown antlers, who are breaking away from small family groups to stake out territorial claims.”

This time of year is good to see deer as they are working extra hard to replenish fat reserves lost in the winter, especially pregnant females.

Places on the safari are limited as a mini-bus will be used to transport people through the forest. The price of £16 per person also includes a full English breakfast at Kielder Castle. Bookings and further information on 01434 250209. Bring binoculars and warm clothing.