8th October 2021. An unusual wildlife sighting has baffled the team at NCI Hengistbury Head.

The Autumn months are bringing some spectacular wildlife to our lookout stations. However, there was a sighting at NCI Hengistbury Head that has left everyone baffled.

This little Siska deer was spotted walking past the lookout station before making his way down the path to the viewing area over the beach huts. Siska deer are known to be good swimmers and are not native to Britain, however the nearest known herd is over 12 miles away.

The team at NCI Hengistbury Head spotted the deer outside their station and a spokesperson said"September is really bringing us some special treats. First dolphins, then spectacular sunrises and now …. deer! This little guy wandered past the Lookout just after 10:00 this morning and stuck to the path all the way down to the viewing area over the beach huts. Obviously taking the opportunity to explore a little now the hordes have left. A first for us!”

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