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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…

July

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A group of deer with hinds and a growing calf from this year stand in the grass on a hillside above some bracken, looking to their right at something. The deer seem to like the bracken, perhaps as it can provide good cover and grows high and over very large areas, allowing them to travel safely across the moor.



A hind and a calf stop walking through bracken whilst she looks at something to their right. The bracken is so high even though it is quite early in the growing season, that the calf is almost hidden from view. There are many large areas of bracken on the hillsides on the moor, providing corridors of travel under cover, especially for the smaller herd members.



A hind stands in an elevated position above a calf, both looking out from the bracken at something. The height of the bracken obscures everything but their necks and heads. If they were to lie down, perhaps in a grassy clearing in the bracken they could hide from view. The bracken may grow to over two metres later in the…