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Deer at Dawn

Sat 15 Oct 2016

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Join us for an early morning walk to witness the autumn deer rut at Powerstock Common, before a full breakfast back at the Centre.

Deer have a reputation for being shy and retiring, yet there is one time of the year when this all changes - during the annual autumn rutting season.  Bucks bellow and spar with each other to establish dominance over the female does through posturing, loud bellowing and often long elaborate clashes.  One of the best times to see this is at dawn and it’s a great time to view not only the bucks, but often the females which watch from the side-lines.

Powerstock is home to a large number of Fallow deer amongst others and is a great place to head out in the early morning to find them.  You might even get a chance to glimpse one of the famous white fallow deer that call this place home as well as listening and spotting other wildlife.

The timing of the rut is influenced by environmental conditions, often triggered by a cold snap, as well as the animal’s specific body weights and condition.  So as with most things wildlife, we will do everything we can do allow you to witness this but we cannot make guarantees!

After a fabulous morning out walking for approximately 1.5-2 hours, we will return to The Kingcombe Centre for delicious home cooked breakfast.

About the Leader:

Sam Hamer is DWT’s West Dorset Living Landscapes Manager and is passionate about all nature conservation with a special interest in the ecology and biology of British deer.  In past roles he has worked closely with both park and wild deer.  Originally working at Lorton Meadows Wildlife Centre, Sam spent 4 years working within the reserve’s warden team and ran DWT’s youth volunteering and limestone grassland restoration project on the Isle of Portland.  He is currently working alongside the West Dorset team.


£16 pp  -  includes guided activities and breakfast.


Meet at Powerstock Common Reserve carpark 7.15am, finishing approx. 10am.

What to bring: 

As you will be outside please bring suitable clothing, wet weather jackets (just in case!) and good walking shoes. 

Note: it will be dark when we meet so it may be useful to bring a head torch.

No dogs are allowed on this event due to the nature of wildlife watching.

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Sam Hamer

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