Postcards from... Knole Park (UK) and its deers

October 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Beyond being a superb natural park, Knole (Sevenoaks, Kent, UK) is home to a 350-strong deer herd, who roam freely in their 1000+ acre natural habitat.

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Deer in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, UK

Being used to human company, they are relatively easy to approach.

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When the sun goes down, the old stones glow...

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... and the gargoyles seem to come to life! 

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Autumn is the deers' mating season - the rut.
As expressed by the person who takes care of them in the park, "antlers and egos are fully grown and testosterone runs high".

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The strongest males take the high ground...

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... and as night starts falling, the bucks make their characteristic deep, haunting guttural call... Deers in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, UKDeers in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, UK

... and soon the scene gets a lot more lively.

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But it's almost the end of the rut season, and tonight, cohabitation seems relatively peaceful.

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More to come, stay tuned!


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