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A rare glimpse of a Stag in velvet

- Ranger Andy and Volunteer Dave out early yesterday morning

Andy Harris

Posted by Andy Harris on 06 August 2012

A rare glimpse of a Stag in velvet All is peaceful at the moment with the Quantock Red Deer Stags. I’m not wishing away the summer (what little we have had of one) but seeing this Stag in velvet is already making me think of the autumn deer rut. Dave Pusill, a volunteer of ours took this photo when we were on patrol and you can clearly see the velvet skin covering the growing antler underneath.

In a month or so the Stags will begin to rub this velvet from their antlers once they have finished growing.  This will harden the antler and strengthen their neck muscles in readiness for the rut but for now all is peace and quiet!

However it is a different story for our Roe Deer.  It may not be as dramatic as the Red Deer rut but right now Roe Deer are in the middle of their breeding season (rut).  Male Roe Deer (bucks) are becoming more visible and territorial at the moment. More often than not it is Roe Deer I’m bumping into as I go about the forest, so keep your eyes pealed.

If you are interested on finding out more information about deer on the Quantock Hills, we have a leaflet that you can pick up from the AONB office at Fyne Court. Or here is a link that you can download it from our website. Deer leaflet


Andy, Ranger


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    06 Aug 12

    Great stuff Andy. 
    My time on the ‘tox this year has been limited so sadly I’ve not been able to see those amazing reds in their summer attire.

    On Friday however whilst walking near fiddington a fine Roe buck had already found a mate and was sticking close by as she grazed in fields.


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