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While cycling on exmoor you might be lucky enough to spot red deer, which are native to Somerset and exmoor . Royal beasts, the wild deer of Britain were for centuries preserved for hunting by the king and his court. William the Conqueror backed up his exclusive right to hunt deer with laws that provided the death penalty for killing a der and maiming for attempting to kill a deer. These harsh penalties were abolished by Henry III, but deer were protected until the 19th century.
The royals beads of the chase were Britain’s two native deer – the red deer and the roe deer – and the fallow deer, which the Romans are believed to have introduced. Since the 17th century cycling on exmoor , they have been joined by sika, muntjac and Chinese water deer, which have escaped from parks, and a herd of reindeer, which was established in Scotland in 1952.
Deer usually live socially in groups or herds. Like cattle they are ruminants, that is they chew the cud. They come out into the open at dawn and dusk to feed on leaves, grass, berries, shoots, ferns, root crops and cereals. Some even eat bark, so damaging the trees. During the cycling on exmoor day the deer settle down in some quiet place to regurgitate and digest their food. Leaves and other herbage are needed in large quantities to satisfy the deer’s appetite. The process of chewing the cud allows this shy animal to swallow a large amount of food in a short time and to digest it at leisure. The most outstanding feature of deer, the antlers, are usually possessed by the males only. The antlers are grown afresh each year in cycling on exmoor in time for the rutting season, when fights take place for the possession of females. The males find their voices at this time, too, and a loud roar is not uncommon sound in deer country. After rutting the antlers are shed.
Once hunted by the bear, wolf and lynx, the deer’s only enemy today is man. cycling on exmoor you see deer are woodland creatures, but farmlands and dwellings have taken the place of many forests, so driving them into unnatural habitats. They turn to feeding on crops and so come to be regarded as pests by man. However, experiments in farming Scotland’s red deer as a food source are in progress.
Britain’s largest wild animal is the red deer, which is four foot high at its shoulder. It lives on the open cycling on exmoor mountains and moorlands in parts of Scotland, north Cumbria, the West Country, and in Kerry, Ireland. For much of the year the stages and hinds live in separate groups. But in the rutting season, from mid-September to the end of October, the stags collect harems – challenging one another with their magnificent antlers and roaring to show their cycling on exmoor territorial ownership. Each hind bears one calf. Calves are born from the first week in May to the first week in June.
The other native British deer is the 2 foot high roe deer, found in Scotland, the lake district, many parts of the southern counties and cycling on exmoor in East Anglia. It is easily overlooked as it slips quietly through the undergrowth, even crawling on its belly while cycling on exmoor. Roe deer live in small family parties of buck, doe and her kids. Rutting occurs from mid-July to mid-August. Courtship often involves the buck chasing the doe in circles, usually around a tree or bush, so forming a ‘roe ring’ in the soil. The kids, frequently twins, are born from the end of April to mid-June, while cycling on exmoor.