Height: 107-122 cm
Life Span: up to 18 years Weight: 63-120Kg
Present: All Year
largest land-mammal. Large, highly branched antlers in the stag
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
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.