The Fallow deer rut at Dinefwr
Every October at Dinefwr Park the bucks battle it out for the top spot of master buck. They divide their time resting and fighting so don’t be surprised if you see bucks head to head in a rut or laying down around the park.
Battling bucks: The annual deer rut helps decide the hierarchy of the herd, with a master buck and the tougher bucks attracting the females (Does) to create next year’s fawns.
Witness the rut: Rutting takes place throughout the day and into the night, though here at Dinefwr, we tend to see it more in late afternoon. The best trail to follow is the Capability Brown Trail on the Dinefwr estate.
You can often hear the big males (Bucks) belching and bellowing and even their antlers clashing together from quite a distance. They’ll be facing each other off and going head to head with the antlers pushing each other back and forth to see who’s the strongest. It’s best to watch it from a safe distance.
When they’re rutting they’re very focused on what they’re doing, completely unaware of what’s happening. When one loses, they run away as fast as possible in whatever direction and the victor will often chase to prove a point.The winner will then mate with the females.
After the rut, they’re so tired they isolate themselves and rest – which is why you’ll see them sat on their own in random places.
You don’t need to worry about them, but if you think it’s something more serious you can always report your concerns to reception. The rangers do head out every morning to check them.