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Richmond Park is a national nature reserve and deer park with 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely since 1529.

The deer have played a major role in the park's history and have shaped the landscape too.

Our special grassland habitat depends on grazing and the parkland trees have a distinctive 'browse line' as the deer eat all the leaves and twigs growing below about 1.5 metres. Deer grazing also prevents tree seedlings from growing, keeping the grassland open.

During the autumn the deer 'rut' (breeding season) takes place. The Red stags and Fallow bucks compete for females (known as hinds and does respectively). At this time, the large males roar, bark and clash antlers in a spectacular way in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. The young are born May - July and are hidden by their mothers amongst the bracken and long grass. The young are very vulnerable at this time and their mothers, being sensitive to disturbance, will defend their babies.

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Nick Weall on September 26, 2015

MerzRené Hi again _René Thank you very much for your kind compliment and YSL ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Steve. D on September 26, 2015

Hello Nick my YS-L replaced on this cracker

best wishes .. steve

Nick Weall on September 26, 2015

Steve. D Hi Steve we arrived down in Sennan Cove this afternoon and later walked to Lands End and back. Thanks for replacing your YSL here ~ All the best to you ~ nick

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