was in the forest early this morning. It was quiet. Really quiet. In fact a lot quieter than normal at that time of day. The forest drive had been placed into lockdown with security gates across the road and many of the parking areas I saw closed as well. I did wonder whether there had been problems due to the warm weather and they wanted to keep people out when the rangers were not on duty, but I wasn not prepared for an encounter with a fawn.
So I decided to park the car and have a little wander about. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s dark in there, so I didn’t want to stray too far from my ride home. Whilst wandering about I got a shock when a young fawn jumped from the tree-line and ran right in front of me. I’m not sure who had the bigger surprise, me or him, because once he spotted me he was off like a shot. He was so fast I simply did not have the chance to get a picture of any type.
So I was really pleased that on my way out of the forest, the same thing happened again, but this time I managed to get some dashcam footage. This time the fawn didn’t seem so phased, but I’ll admit it still gave me a bit of a fright as I was concentrating on the road ahead. As he came on to the road, he came right alongside the car and I did think the sound of the car engine would scare him more, particularly as it sounded so much louder in the silence of the forest. He simply trotted alongside and then disappeared behind me, so maybe this little fawn has some road-sense already.