In my childhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Gloucestershire I never saw a deer. Happily over the last decade I regularly see roe deer from my bedroom window, out walking, or driving. They are reddish brown in colour, with shiny black noses and eyes, and a white rump. The male is called ” a buck ” and has small antlers , while the female is called “a doe” and is slightly smaller. The barley field alongside the north drive has had this summer had living in it a roe doe who generally watches you calmly until you are out of sight – though occasionally she can bolt and move off. In the very same field I have seen her “partner ” . A handsome buck with antlers who is much more highly strung and bounds off as soon as he spots you . The roe deer were hunted to almost extinction in the 1800s. Fortunately they fared better in the 20 century and their numbers are currently healthy . Less regularly I see the much smaller brown muntjac deer. Unlike roe deer , muntjac are not native , imported from the Far East they escaped from a deer park . Out walking recently with a friend who grew up in Gloucestershire but has for over 16 years lived in Madrid he pointed out a roe deer path which comes off the drive into the barley field. My friend lamented the current shortness of the barley stalk .In the ” olden days ” the barley stalks were much higher . Modern day barley has short stalks in order for the energy to concentrate into producing the barley heads. My knowledgeable friend spotted a flock of long- tailed tits which flew along the hedgerow to his great pleasure.