Bradgate Park Deer Rut

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Bradgate Park in Leicestershire is an enclosed mediaeval deer park in the East Midlands, home to Red Deer, and to Fallow Deer.

Red Deer are the largest British land mammal, descended from stags and hinds which crossed from Europe during the Ice Age.  From Saxon times hunting rights were granted to the English Nobles and tracts of land were fenced to capture some of the wild deer.  Bradgate was “enclosed” with a timber pale boundary circa 1240.

Fallow deer were native to Britain before the last Ice age and were re-introduced by the Romans and later by the Normans. They would have been brought to Bradgate soon after the Park was “enclosed”

Members of West Haddon Photo Club and Spratton Photo Club enjoyed a guided visit Bradgate Park in October 2017 during the annual deer rut when the stags’ antlers are at their best. This is a small. representative selection of the images they brought back.

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