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Star date: 26th July 2010 

DEER SPOTTED ON KERSAL MOOR

For weeks there have been reported sightings of deer on Kersal Moor, now, at last we have a photo of one of them.

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Kersal Moor is famous for being the home of the old racecourse, huge Chartist meetings and Salford City FC. There's even a story about old communist revolutionary, Fred Engels, riding his horse on the historic moor. Now, it appears, deer are hanging out there too.

For weeks local people have been talking about sightings of deer but yesterday Alice Searle from Friends of Kersal Moor not only spotted one but managed to get it to pose for a photoÖ

"You can imagine my delight when resting on a bench, suddenly the deer shot across the path by my side" she recalls "I moved around the trees to near the pathway out to the golf course, hoping  to catch a site of him again. I was very quiet and then there it was just above me and just looking at me. We both stood and looked at each other. This is when I took photos. Then he sprung off into the trees.

"I think he is a sika deer, small when fully grown" she added "I felt as excited as when I first saw a lion in Africa!"

Deer have also been spotted in Langworthy recently too. If anyone knows any more information about where the Kersal Moor deer might have come from please let us know info@salfordstar.com
 

Alan wrote
at 22:26:57 on 06 May 2015
Just watching the build up to the Barca game and was distracted by the sighting of quite a large deer strolling around Prestwich golf course. This is the second time in 29 years.Need to keep a camera handy! Good to se the wild life thriving

Haroon Ayub wrote
at 09:59:14 on 27 November 2012
We sighted a deer on the morning of 24/11/12. It was a good size too. Hopping across from one side onto the old cuzzons factory site. Splendid, but too fast too catch on camera.

gwen wrote
at 17:19:12 on 12 August 2011
hi, i have the book "a celebration of kersal moor" i have noticed the paintings in the book & some post cards...one by louis susman..i would like to know if he did any other paintings and where i would be able to veiw them...

Alan wrote
at 20:35:25 on 15 April 2011
7-30 pm 15th April 2011 just sat with friends overlooking Prestwich Golf Course & sighted to wild Deer just strolling by. Having lived here for 24 years this is the first time ever we have seen Deer. Amazing

Ed wrote
at 12:45:55 on 01 August 2010
Iíve known about deer in Salford for a number of years myself, Iíve seen them in Clifton and Prestwich, and so itís inevitable that theyíll end up in places like Kersal Moor and Kersal Dale. Deer are the same as all the other wildlife that is venturing into cities due to the rivers and air have become cleaner... While there is an understandable worry that they could be harmed by yobs, and proof of that was a story a couple of years back when a deer was beaten and kicked to death in a Clifton street. But incidents like this are extremely rare. Deer are more in danger from cars than they are from morons with intent to harm them. To those people who are worried about the safety of the deer, I wouldnít worry, because they will continue to venture onto the moor and other places, and there is bound to be some that will be killed in one way or another, which is sad, but nature will also ensure that plenty more will survive.

Dr Shane Sullivan wrote
at 09:45:21 on 30 July 2010
Alice et al, I have plenty of experience of people from Kersal, and I am very active in the local area. I wrote a piece on Kersal Flats for the Salford Star and I run the website (www.kersalflats.co.uk). I am also a very active member of the Friends of Kersal Dale despite having to travel quite some distance to do so. I have a realistic view of some of the population of Lower Kersal, and all manner of social and crime statistics do justify this perspective. I do hope that I am wrong but I now think that there is a risk to these animals. The idea that the police will protect them is fanciful. They do not have enough time to actively pursue burglaries etc let alone provide some form of patrol to protect some deer. I do hope that you are correct. I find the presence of deer on the Moor and elsewhere to be a truly amazing and welcome thing, and also the wide variety of wildlife now on Kersal Dale and the Irwell which were not there when I was a small child in this area in the 1970s. I just hope that a good news story does not turn into a very bad news one.

Alice Searle wrote
at 06:01:46 on 30 July 2010
In answer to those people who are concerneed for the protection of the deer you might like to know that when I took the photo I was actually walking the Moor with PC.Claire Wright. We were setting up a regular patrol of the Moor by the local PCs. mainly to do something about the rubbish of fast-food wrappers and drink bottles on the steps leading to Bury New Road.The siting of the deer was really appreciated by the police and will ensure a police protection. However,my own opinion of young people [and I have 30+ years of experience working with them] is that they will not damage this beautiful animal. They may be curious and why not. What a depressing and pessimistic view you have. Can I invite some of you 'worried' people to join the Friends of Kersal Moor.Positive discussions will be welcome.

Salford Star wrote
at 17:33:05 on 28 July 2010
See comments below...We did think long and hard about it before putting this on the site. Obviously we have more belief in our community than your good selves. It's a nice positive story about the area...

Dr Shane Sullivan wrote
at 14:44:44 on 28 July 2010
Hello, myself and others have known of the deer(s) for quite some time and have had photographs of them for quite some time also. However, we have not publicised them because we did not wish to invite danger upon the animals. In light of the mixed population of the area it would not surprise me if this and other publicity creates a risk of harm to these creatures. Please be a little more responsible in future

Harry Davies wrote
at 14:44:21 on 28 July 2010
Now that the World and his Wife know about the Deer How long will it be before the Scrote's of the area start attacking them,,,,,Cheer's Steve and the Salford Star,,,,GoodBye Deer's

David Henry wrote
at 14:17:57 on 27 July 2010
I believed you when you told me about the Deer on the Moor a while ago Alice, and now a photo! Awesome, thank you! Isn't there a link between the upper-class mill-owners who once hunted there who introduced them? Please be wary though, there are lots of gun-touting blue-rinse types residing in Walkden and Worsley who might see this and develop an appetite!

Albert Spiby wrote
at 23:50:45 on 26 July 2010
Maybe they wandered off from a "Stag Do"

Jack Rogers wrote
at 12:49:01 on 26 July 2010
Great Picture Alice, I hope we can protect it and any other deer on the moor. Who said Salfords a dirty old town!!

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