Deer-spotting in Zeeland
Written by: Glenn Lakeman, Zeeland nature lover
This blog explains how you can improve your chances of seeing wild deer in Zeeland. There are two types of deer that can commonly be found in Zeeland’s countryside: the roe deer and the fallow deer. How do you distinguish between the two? Quite simple really: the roe deer has a white patch on its rump and the fallow deer has a dark stripe on its tail. That’s all there is to it. All you need to do now is pull on you hiking boots and go looking for deer in the Zeeland countryside!
1. Oranjezon nature reserve
One of the best places to spot deer is in the Oranjezon nature reserve. Take one of the five waymarked trails and keep your eyes peeled. With a little bit of luck you may catch sight of a fallow deer crossing your path as well as the more timid roe deer. There’s a good chance of seeing them in the field between the car park and the start of the trails.
In addition, you can regularly spot them in the bushes and on the grassland clearings in the dunes. Donors to Het Zeeuwse Landschap can visit Oranjezon free of charge. Others pay a small charge of 1 euro per person.
3. Kop van Schouwen
4. De Manteling near Domburg
6. Braakman Noord and Zuid
Now you have a good idea where to spot these deer. You can increase your chances of meeting one of them by following these tips:
- Go looking for them early in the morning or late in the evening, towards dusk.
- Look for traces in the sand.
- Wear inconspicuous clothing and make as little sound as possible.
- Take binoculars with you to spot deer at a distance.
- The biggest chance of seeing them is in clearings or along the forest edge.
- Finally, the most important tip: don’t forget, these are wild animals. Never feed or disturb deer and keep at a safe distance (at least 25 metres).