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Stag protects his harem at dawn

- The rut really gets underway, and witnessed by the AONB team as the sun rose

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 19 October 2009

Stag protects his harem at dawn People may have seen the pretty comprehensive report of the deer rut from Andy … he’s currently in Scotland on leave, probably watching the deer rut!

Last week we got most of the AONB team to crawl out of their cosy beds at an ungodly hour and onto the hills to witness this exciting annual spectacle. The sky was turning a fantastic orange and pink as dawn broke and we met at Withymans Pool car park.  We headed west out to the open common and soon heard a bellowing stag not far from Halsway Post.  The sun lit up the hillsides around us and we were able to watch the deer from the main track at a good distance so as not to disturb their activity.

A large stag was maintaining his harem on the ridge top, keeping hinds together and shooing off smaller competitors.
Andy was VERY organised (he allowed us to use his excellent scope) and soon had coffees and doughnuts passed around … it was a fantastic morning out on the hill and great to have got other team members out of the office.  It enforces in all of us the reason why the Quantocks are SO vital to protect and that the work we do as a team matters … this special landscape, exciting wildlife and the freedom for all to enjoy it!


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