VIDEO: ONE impact of the coronavirus lockdown has been increased sightings of wild deer around Warrington at Padgate, Birchwood and Winwick.
With the increased sightings of wild deer in and around Warrington members of the public are being advised to watch from a distance to avoid causing them undue stress.
In recent days sightings have been made close to the town centre and at Padgate, Birchwood and most recently at Winwick.
Local conservationist Wendy Johnson-Taylor said: “They have probably migrated from nearby herds during lockdown. I have already contacted wildlife experts – please monitor these deer from a distance, do not try to catch unless it is injured or in danger. Do not stalk (unless you are a professional) as the stress would probably kill it. Wildlife experts say Urban Deer are becoming very common – their advice is to leave well alone. They are stealth and tough and can look after themselves – please leave any deer you see in the locality alone.
Former Mayor of Warrington Geoff Settle, who runs Warrington Nature Conservation Forum, advises people not to approach deer unless they are injured and says it is then probably best phoning the wildlife police via 111 – or the RSPCA.
He added: “Maybe because of the pandemic and the quietness and dare I say for the moment fresh air, they have started to venture out from their usual hiding places. The reason you don’t usually see them is because they see and hear youfirst from a long way off!
Local resident Paula Haigh, spotted one from a distance at Winwick – see below.