Flora & Fauna

Four different species of deer are commonly seen around the forest - red, fallow, roe and muntjac. The smallest ones - muntjac - are often seen within the village, on the green or in people's gardens where they enjoy eating plants and flowers. We're experimenting with leaving out carrots for our resident deer, in the hope that he won't then bother stripping the leaves off our shrubs. But we suspect that he'll simply spend more time in our garden.

Rabbits are becoming more common on the avenues leading in to Santon Downham, and we suspect that it won't be too long before they are in our gardens.

There were some red squirrels being introduced into the forest, but we don't know if they are still around, and certainly they can't be seen in the village - we do get our fair share of grey ones.

There are plenty of bats around in the forest, of a variety of species.

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village sometimes have wildlife events including batwatching and moth nights.

Similarly there are various events run throughout the year including deer safaris run by Forrest Enterprises (the Forrestry Commission) from their High Lodge visitors centre nearby,