RED DEER
Cervus elaphus

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Height:         107-122 cm 
Life Span: up to 18 years Weight:           63-120Kg
Present:              All Year
Overview:  Our largest land-mammal. Large, highly branched antlers in the stag (male).
In the Highlands of Scotland red deer use the open hill during the day and descend to lower ground during the night.
 
The breeding season, or rut occurs from September to November. Stags return to hinds' home ranges and compete for access to hinds by engaging in elaborate displays of dominance including roaring, parallel walks and fighting. The stags lose their antlers in late winter and then they start to re-grow them in the spring.

Where to see them: Often they come onto the camp-site at the top of the woodland, also seen often in amongst the scrub on the marshland

When to see them: Although present all year the Red Deer move to the higher hill in summer and return to the lower areas (including Shieling Holidays) in September and returning to the high ground again in late May.

What they eat: Grazers of grasses, and dwarf shrubs e.g. heather and bilberry. Woody browse, e.g. tree shoots and bark is taken when other food is limited. Can be a serious pest to gardeners.