John Lock focussed his talk on the male deer with their different types of antlers and their approach to the ruts, especially the fallow deer (which he studied) and the differences with red deer. The mature fallow bucks create a “rutting stand” in the woods, to which the females are drawn into at night. In contrast the red deer round up the hinds (females) and then try to guard them. The antlers play a vital role in this and we learnt how the size and shape of the antlers change over the lifetime of male deer. A full-length version of the talk is available on the accompanying PDF (click here to open).
An exploration the glorious diversity of fauna and flora amongst the acid-grasslands alongside the Pheasantry. The walk lead by Pippa Hyde and Rebecca Harvey, unearthed some hidden gems in this wonderful environment. The species seen are recorded in the photographs in the accompanying PDF (click here to open).
An Overview of Royal Parks project and how they are working to protect our wildlife.
This talk was given via Zoom. To watch a recording click here