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TITLE
The Roar of the Red Deer in the Highlands
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_STAGS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2271
KEYWORDS
stags
audio

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Most red deer in Britain can be found on the open moorlands of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Although extinct in the Lowlands by the end of the 18th century, Highland numbers were increased with the subsequent development of the sport of deer stalking. The majority of the deer population live in open-hill habitats all year round although they tend to be smaller than those resident in woodland areas. For much of the year, male and female groups remain separate, feeding on grasses, rushes, and sedges in summer, and heather and blaeberry in winter.

Mating takes place from the end of September to November. Mature stags defend groups of hinds to prevent mating by competitors. During the 'rut', stags engage in roaring contests. This may escalate into physical locking of antlers and physical injury is not uncommon.

In this short audio extract, Highland Red Deer can be heard roaring and rutting during the mating season

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The Roar of the Red Deer in the Highlands

1980s

stags; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Deer

Most red deer in Britain can be found on the open moorlands of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Although extinct in the Lowlands by the end of the 18th century, Highland numbers were increased with the subsequent development of the sport of deer stalking. The majority of the deer population live in open-hill habitats all year round although they tend to be smaller than those resident in woodland areas. For much of the year, male and female groups remain separate, feeding on grasses, rushes, and sedges in summer, and heather and blaeberry in winter. <br /> <br /> Mating takes place from the end of September to November. Mature stags defend groups of hinds to prevent mating by competitors. During the 'rut', stags engage in roaring contests. This may escalate into physical locking of antlers and physical injury is not uncommon. <br /> <br /> In this short audio extract, Highland Red Deer can be heard roaring and rutting during the mating season