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It is now autumn and temperatures are plummeting, but in woodlands across Scotland, things are just hotting up.
October to early November is the peak of the red deer rutting season and the clash of antlers will be heard for miles around as Britain’s largest land animals battle for dominance and for the female herd.
One of the best places to hear the impressive roaring and clashing in Scotland this autumn is Galloway Forest Park; with their specialised red deer range and knowledgeable rangers, there is a chance to experience the dramatic scenes up close.
Hugh Gunning, red deer ranger at Galloway Forest Park commented: “There is something magical about Galloway Forest Park at this time of year. The deer are truly spectacular creatures and it is amazing being able to show people the rutting season up close and explain exactly what is going on.”
Lucy Hadley, Recreational Ranger at Galloway Forest Park added: “Autumn in Scotland is a spectacular time, and many people come to see the red deer during their rutting season. Galloway Forest Park is the ideal place to visit as, although remote, it’s actually very easy to get to from central Scotland and northern Engand.”
There are lots events taking place this autumn which take you closer to the action, many of which are free:
Roaring stags event
Sunday 6th October, 10am
Watch the drama of the rut unfold at the Red Deer Range. Get fantastic views of Red Deer Stags at this very important time in their annual calendar.
Monday 7th - Friday 11th October
Join our friendly staff for this informal chat in the wildlife hide at the Red Deer Range. Drop in anytime between 11am and 12noon. See these magnificent mammals during the rut and discover what other wildlife to look out for in the Galloway Forest Park during Autumn. (Free)
Wild Autumn Stags as part of Dumfries and Galloway’s Wild Autumn Festival
Galloway Forest Park Red Deer Range
Monday 14th - Friday 18th October
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October
Join our friendly staff for this informal chat in the wildlife hide at the Red Deer Range. Drop in anytime between 11am and 12noon. Get fantastic views of these amazing mammals and discover what other wildlife to look out for in the Galloway Forest Park this Autumn. (Free)
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests or https://twitter.com/FCScotlandNews
3. The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. The Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the final in a series of four focus years, is a chance to highlight the great natural assets of our country and celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty. New and existing events throughout the year will promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. www.visitscotland.com
5. Forestry Commission Scotland has launched a campaign to find out what Scotland’s national tree should be. To give your views log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/scotlandsnationaltree
6. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.