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October

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A hind and calf stand shoulder and neck deep in yellow moorland grass. These two appear to be keeping well away from any rut activity elsewhere on the moor. The lower lying areas of deep grass between the more elevated areas of heather nearby offer a useful hiding place. If they were to lie down, the two deer here would be extremely difficult to find.



A stag with sixteen antler tines stands in the heather. Having that number of tines makes him a monarch, and it is quite rare to so many points. The classification, based on number of tines per set of antlers is generally as follows: twelve tines for a royal stag, fourteen tines for an imperial stag, and sixteen tines or more for a monarch. Alternatively stags have also been classified in terms of points. So a royal stag would be a six pointer (six per side), an imperial seven, and monarch eight pointer.



Even as monarch, this stag seems to wandering the moor alone, but it is possible he is on the lookout for more hinds to add to his har…

September

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A small group of red deer graze peacefully on the grass next to two small birch trees. Large areas of the moorland are covered in this thick yellow grass, looking almost straw-like during the summer months. Towards the beginning of Autumn the colour can deepen to a deep yellow-orange, with patches of red tipped grasses further turning the moor to a vibrant orange colour.



The group of deer all look up as if startled by something to their right. Now that the heather has finished flowering and now developing light coloured seed heads, the heather is also turning the moorland a rich brown. With the trees also starting to turn, early Autumn is a very rich and colourful time on the moors. This time of the year suits the red brown coat of the deer perfectly.



The group of red deer suddenly take off running through the long grass. In the background the red tipped variety of moorland grass can be seen, turning the landscape quite a deep shade of red. The coat of the deer is somewhere in betwee…

August

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A mother and calf are relaxing in the sun between bouts of grazing on grass and heather. In the background the purple flowers of the heather form an out of focus hint of colour. Heather is in bloom throughout August, starting slowly but turning the moorlands an intense purple in the second half of the month.



The purple heather forms a carpet beneath this hind and calf as they feed and walk slowly across the moor. The calf still has visible white spots on it's flank. It is between two and three months old, so has grown well but not lost it's birth camouflage markings yet.



A small calf and hind are travelling through the long grass, with the calf almost hidden. Only it's neck and head show above the grass. If you look carefully you can see some small black flies in a cloud around the hinds head. Together with the purple heather, increased fly activity on the moors seems to be a feature of August!



Two calves and a hind in the moorland grass, walking to join the rest of the h…