Richmond Park Deer Rut

by Christian Moss October. 18, 2015 6400 views

During the autumn the deer ‘rut’ (breeding season) takes place

The Red stags and Fallow bucks compete for females (known as hinds and does respectively).

At this time, the large males roar, bark and clash antlers in a spectacular way in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible.

A Long-winged Conehead seen October 8th - Richmond Park

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A tatty Holly Blue seen at Richmond Park October 12th.

Water Vole

Richmond Park is a national nature reserve and deer park with 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely since 1529.

The red deer is the largest land-mammal in the UK

Red deer are a native species having migrated to Britain from Europe 11,000 years ago.

Richmond Park is a site of both national and international importance for wildlife conservation. It is London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation.

Hungry House Sparrow

Water Vole taking a dip.

Richmond Park is a top UK site for ancient trees, particularly oaks, which have great historic and wildlife importance.

Red Deer are most numerous in Scotland, but isolated populations occur from the Lake District to Cornwall, with a few small herds in Wales.

Lifespan: 15-18 years
Numbers in Britain: around 350,000 in Scotland. No estimates for England and Wales.

Green Woodpecker of Richmond Park.

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Baptria 5 years, 5 months ago

Great set!

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Bill Baird 5 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic !

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow - you have some fine specimens' of male machos there!
Beautiful woodpecker too.

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