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 You can find me on flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/merrychrismossor through my Facebook Page - Wildlife Photography by Christian Moss 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 yearsNumbers in Britain: around 350,000 in Scotland. No estimates for England and Wales. Green Woodpecker of Richmond Park.