Blog 2

Cannock Chase

Students studying game management and countryside and recreation management at Reaseheath College have spent quite a bit of time on Cannock Chase recently watching the fallow deer during their rut (breeding season). They have been able to practice their ‘stalking’ and have taken some excellent pictures.


A doe through the trees

A melanistic (meaning darkly coloured) fallow doe

Group of deer running through the heather

A group of deer including one rather large mature buck (furthest to the left) moving through the heather at speed

They have also looked at some of the indirect signs of deer presence incluging this tell tale sign, this stem (below) has been roughly bitten off. Deer do not have two opposing sets of incisors like humans instead their lower incisors bite against a gristly pad in their upper jaw leaving this rough bite rather than the cleanly bitten shoots left by rabbits and hares which have two opposing sets of incisors.

Roughly bitten stem

Roughly bitten stem

A group of adult does with younger ones

A group of adult does, with some younger ones (born earlier this year) in tow.

A collection of their recent photographs can be seen here;