Deer are instantly recognisable and much-loved symbols of the wild, but how well do we really know them? Over the course of a year, they undergo huge changes, from losing their spotted baby-coats, to growing giant antlers and adapting their diet to the changing seasons.
Following the herds through a calendar year, we can share their first baby steps, watch them dodging predators, migrating to new feeding grounds, undertaking deadly river crossings and having to go head to head in fierce battles over mating rights. Even the reindeer, a symbol of winter and ‘Santa’s little helper,’ leads a tough and challenging life, just as remarkable as if delivering gifts at Christmas.
There is so much of deer life that we rarely get to see. Perhaps the best way to really get to know them is to follow them for a year and watch them grow!