Just noticed that a bad of rock salt (for de icing paths) I've had
loosely undercover has been nibbled at one corner.
What UK animals use salt licks ?
(The purchase of that bag worked it's intended magic. Not needed to salt
the paths for at least 4 years now :) )
I don't the mineral blocks made for animals are pure salt.
They are a mixture of trace elements needed to supplement
poor upland grazing, or to make sure lactating dairy cows
get enough magnesium. I think the whole block has
molasses to bind it all together.
Cows short of magnesium just flop down and you have to
be really quick to notice and give it some IV
fluids to boost its Mg levels. Then they just heave
up onto their feet and wander off as though nothing
Interestingly a wild deer foal (?) managed to get it's head stuck in some
school railings earlier this year. Fire brigade had to be called to
This is in Quinton, Birmingham ... so there must be some wild deer nearby
in the sticks ?
Wasn't there a statistic that there are now more deer in the UK than ever
My neighbour hit a deer with his Ford Fiesta near Parham, Storrington.
This is the 3rd time in recent years that I have heard of this
Car came of quite badly; not sure about dear deer.
They don't seem to understand the green cross code.
One charges acorss head down, a bit a like a cat
crossing a road, then the rest of the herd thunder
across behind, wildebeest fashion. They don't seem
to be put off by car headlamps at all.
Local farmer grew aparagus for a few years but even with
a 6 foot high square mesh fence strained with robust posts,
they still managed to get in, so he gave up.
A friend of mine who used to live near Lakenheath was limited by his car
insurance company to two pheasant accident claims per year.
Then one year he hit a deer, which came in through the windscreen. Once
he had cleared the mess, he drove to his local butcher, and had the
deer processed. I'm not sure that was 100% legal, but hey, this is out
in the sticks. I think the insurance company paid for that one,
I once hit a deer on the freeway in Indiana, at night. It shot off
back into the fields, leaving tufts of fur behind, my car suddenly
'bonged' that I had a headlight failure, so I turned to dipped beams,
and got the same result. Luckily, the fog lights still worked, and kept
me legal. The whole front clip, lights and all, needed to be replaced,
and they replaced the whole bonnet instead of trying to bash it back
into shape. Quite expensive, for the insurance company.
Standard advice re: deer in the US is: If you see one, there are more
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