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Many of us are familiar with the sight of deer from our car windows as we speed along the A9 on a winter’s morning but how many have been shaken in our boots on a foggy hillside by the roar of an unseen but all too near stag? Red deer are our largest land mammal and at close quarters they command respect.

They are also important members of the natural ecosystem and play a pivotal role in shaping our landscape, primarily through browsing trees.