Send in your photos of Bute’s urban deer

Roe deer are becoming an increasingly common sight in Scotland's urban environments. This buck was caught on camera near Lovers' Walk in Rothesay by The Buteman's wildlife writer Norrie Mulholland on June 10, 2011.
Roe deer are becoming an increasingly common sight in Scotland's urban environments. This buck was caught on camera near Lovers' Walk in Rothesay by The Buteman's wildlife writer Norrie Mulholland on June 10, 2011.

Sightings of deer in urban Rothesay are becoming increasingly common - and if you can capture one of Bute’s urban deer on camera you could win a prize thanks to Scottish Natural Heritage.

More and more deer are moving into urban areas, as new green spaces and woodlands are created in the central blt and in towns and cities across the country. This means many more people in Scotland are enjoying seeing wild deer – and have the chance to take some stunning pictures.

There are two great prizes, the first being a day accompanying the Wildlife Operations Unit on a helicopter deer count over a part of the red deer range - giving the winner an opportunity to photograph some of Scotland’s most scenic areas from the sky - while the runner up will be treated to a day of photography tuition with resident SNH photographer, Lorne Gill.

The striking and delicate roe deer is found throughout mainland Scotland wherever there is a tiny patch of cover where they can hide by day. Roe deer are increasingly being seen in towns and cities, with some now even living close to the centre of Glasgow, while fallow and sika deer have also been introduced to Scotland through deliberate releases and escapes from country parks.

Anton Watson from SNH said: “We’ve seen wild deer in many places in towns and cities recently – from parks to gardens to cemeteries and roundabouts. In fact, if you’re not aware of deer in your local park, you may want to take a walk and see what you’ll discover, particularly at dusk or dawn. Roe deer are found in every 10-kilometre square of mainland Scotland, so you’re never too far from deer – you just need to keep your eyes open and your camera ready!”

The closing date for entries is 1 March, 2015. Submit photos of deer in urban settings to urbandeerphotocomp@snh.gov.uk - a maximum of three photos per person will be accepted.

For full contest rules, click here.