British wildlife recordings
Cervus elaphus : Red Deer - Cervidae
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Melberry Park: OS Grid Reference(281500,89500)
Red Deer, Cervus elaphus
The call of the red deer recorded in parkland. The red deer is the largest land mammal in Britain and can be found grazing in open woodland, moorland and mountainous areas. The impressive figure of a stag complete with a full ‘rack’ of antlers conjures up images of the Scottish highlands where the species is most abundant. Red deer also have royal connections, being the favourite trophy of many royal hunting parties, and explains why they are a common sight in royal parks such as Richmond. As the name suggests, these deer have a red-brown coat which dulls in colour during the winter months. Stags are much more vocal during the autumn mating season when they start gathering females for their harems, and will produce loud guttural roars and barks. Roaring can act as a declaration of size and strength, a challenge to potential competition, or a way of reaffirming status after a victorious fight.