Winter bivvy – no Goretex!

Red deer sleeping spots under a tree in Derry Woods, Cairngorms

Deer sleeping spots under a tree in the Derry Woods in the Cairngorms. It appears as though the deer have scraped the snow away before lying down.

For all you hardmen who bivvy out in winter: a bivvy site I came across in Derry Woods in the Cairngorms. I can’t say for certain that the red deer who slept here didn’t have bivvy bags, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet.

Deer's sleeping spot, Derry Woods, Cairngorms.

One of the sleeping spots under the tree

Found a few sites like this at the weekend (March 19), all under trees up near the treeline of the woods.

Eventually saw some of the deer who had, presumably, slept there: saw two roe deer just as they popped their heads up and saw me – and their running off at high speed alerted a group of red deer, who followed them.

Saw a buzzard searching from the treetops too, though presumably with smaller prey in mind!

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