We are pleased to be able to report that thanks to the efforts of the RSPCA and the Soflag supporter who has been their main point of contact, the deer have been saved.
This morning, Tuesday 24th February, the RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley decided he would not take “no” for an answer from Thakeham Homes and pressed them again to take action. They refused, but eventually gave permission for the Inspector to enter the fields himself and remove some wooden fencing on the southern boundary of their land. Thakeham were not prepared to carry out this work themselves.
Borrowing a crowbar from a local householder who had been looking out for the deer, the Inspector was able to prise off the crossbars of the fence. After an hour of very careful coaxing, the deer were herded towards the gap and made their escape. Mr Woodley then replaced the crossbars to prevent the deer from re-entering the fields.
We would like to say a big thank you to the RSPCA Inspectors Tony Woodley and Julie Parsons who responded to the situation and did not give up in the face of obstruction from Thakeham Homes.
Soflag formed to protect the countryside south of Folders Lane. We feel saddened that in the short time since part of it has been bought by the developer Thakeham Homes we have witnessed both the destruction of the hedgerows and the distress of the two remaining deer.