2013 Rut

Lots of pictures from our rutting stags can be found on twitter !

In addition to the daily rut censuses by Martyn Baker, Ali Morrison and Fiona Guinness, this year a trial was run with hourly censuses and detailed recording of female movement between harems. (As mentioned in The wandering female, sometimes hinds wander off to another stag for a short while when in oestrus, something that could easily be missed from the daily censuses.)

For the viewers of Autumn Watch last year:  Unfortunately Roger, the stag who got wounded in a serious fight in the rut of 2012, did not return to the study area this year.