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Red rut

Duration: 03:41

Whilst many of the creatures are calming down in autumn, one is getting decidedly excited - the red deer. Bill Oddie meets Ian, who has lived in the New Forest all his life and knows how to approach the deer. Bill is a bit nervous about approaching a red deer stag, as they've been known to charge. They approach in a zigzag rather than head on so as not to antagonise them. Bill watches a herd of hinds and two stags. The stags do a parallel walk - a form of posturing as they eye each other up. A fight breaks out and one stag runs off. The other mates with one of the hinds. The whole of England must have looked like this hundreds of years ago. The New Forest is a piece of ancient England that still survives.

Available since: Tue 25 May 2010


Bill Oddie
Camera Operator
John Aitchison
Camera Operator
Eric Hayton
Martin Noble
Ian Young
Hugh Pearson
Hugh Pearson

This clip is from

Bill Oddie Goes Wild Series 2, New Forest

6/8 Bill Oddie explores the New Forest in Hampshire, home to badgers and deer.

First broadcast: 08 Feb 2002

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