Scottish Natural Heritage unveil the winners of their urban deer photo competition

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THE Monarch of the glen has been snapped in one of Scotland’s most notorious housing schemes.
The image of a deer wandering across Milton in Glasgow against a backdrop of high rise flats has scooped first place in an ‘urban deer’ photography competition.
David Docherty's winning picture of a deer near high rise flats in Glasgow
David Docherty’s winning picture of a deer near high rise flats in Glasgow

 

Other photos in the running included a deer and a cat both looking startled with the city of Inverness in the background and a snap showing two deer taking a break on a garden patio in Perth.

It was a photo of four deer walking down a pavement in Ballochgoy on the Isle Of Bute that took second place.
However the judges, made up of a panel of experts at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), decided the Weegie stag photographed by David Docherty was the winner.
Milton housing scheme was started in the 1940 and may seen like an unlikely place for a deer to be spotted.
RUNNERUP - Thomas Connor - Ballochgoy - small
Second place went to Thomas Connor’s image from Bute

 

The scheme became known as an example of poor social planning with  no pubs, cinemas or community amenities.

But increasingly hinds and stags, most associated with the Highlands of Scotland, are venturing into urban spaces.
Brian and Hilary Eames snapped these visitors in their Perth garden
Brian and Hilary Eames snapped these visitors in their Perth garden

 

An SNH spokeswoman said: “Many published photographs of deer show the majestic ‘Monarch of the glen’ silhouetted on a hillside or against a dramatic and romantic Scottish scene; others are of shy roe deer in woodland cover and farm fields.

A deer wanders across a snowy street in Minigaff, Dumfries and Galloway, taken by Stephen Jolly
A deer wanders across a snowy street in Minigaff, Dumfries and Galloway, taken by Stephen Jolly

 

“Increasingly though, our sightings of deer are much more frequent and more often much closer to home. It’s part of our changing world.”

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