Britain's best deer ruts

1. The Highlands, Perthshire, Scotland.
Head into the dramatic Highlands of Perthshire catch sight of large Red deer stags lock antlers. Highland Safaris run an Autumn Watch excursion which focuses on the Rut, which includes a stop at their Mountain Bothy to sample local Whisky and Shortbread, and costs £37.50 for adults and £15 children. 

2. Exmoor National Park
With herds of Red, Fallow and Roe deer, wild Exmoor is a great place to spot rutting stags. Treat yourself to an all inclusive weekend from 16-18 October, with a jeep safari, a visit to Exmoor Falconry and two nights bed and breakfast all for £225. Book early as places are limited. 
3. Lyme Park, Cheshire.
Boasting an ancient hunting park that is brimming with Red and Fallow deer, the park wardens at Lyme Park are running Photography workshops with a professional photographer to catch the stags in action. Two dates are scheduled on the 17 and 19 October, costing £95. Call 01663 762023 to book.  
4.Galloway Forest Park, Scotland.
Galloway is bursting with Red deer, the largest of our UK species. To catch sight of the roaring stags the Red Deer Range is a good place to start. The visitor centres at Kirroughtree, Glentrool and Clatteringshaws will advise on the best and safest routes to follow.  
5.The Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire.
North of the Chilterns, this parkland is a myriad of gold in autumn. Home to roaming herds of fallow deer, it has many trails and walks geared towards wildlife watching, and also a great visitor centre that runs early morning walks to catch the stags in rut. Call 01494 755557 for details.  
Comments: 1

Red Deer Rut

Sat, 03/10/2009 - 14:27

Richmond Park, Surrey. The Rut is well under way, as it is in
Bushey Park, Hampton Court.
Both are easy to get to from London or the SE.
In both Royal Parks the stags are used to people, but leave the dog at home !

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