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Sunday, 11 July 2010
Red Deer

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These are red deer relaxing under a tree. According to the British Wildlife Centre:

Red deer are Britain’s largest native land mammal and, together with the roe deer, are our only native deer species. All other deer species have been introduced.

In all deer species (except the reindeer) only the male has antlers. Antlers are shed each Spring and immediately a new set starts to grow, taking 16 weeks to reach full size in August. They are made of a type of dense and very solid bone and whilst growing are covered with a hairy skin called velvet which is shed when the antlers have reached their full size for that year.

The stag uses his antlers to fight other males during the mating season, known as the rut, which lasts for three weeks in October. You can see past years antlers from our stag in the reception area.

Apparently there is a population of 316 thousand red deer in the UK.

Posted by bigblue on 11/07/2010 at 08:41 AM
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