Sunday 11th October 2015: 30th Birthday Meeting

This was a special event to commemorate the first ever meeting, at Tatton, of the group that was to become Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers.

Back in the mid nineteen-eighties a small group of young ornithologists met in a layby in Tatton to learn more about wild birds. 30 years later members, supporters and volunteers old and new took part in a special event to commemorate the first meeting of the group that was to become Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers.

More than 40 people met at Tatton Park for a special guided walk by Ranger Richard Dixon to see the amazing autumn fungi, birds and wildlife and the spectacle of the annual red deer rut.

The red deer is Britain’s largest land mammal and group got incredible close views of the stag’s rutting behaviour. The breeding season, or rut, takes place in October and November when stags compete for hinds (females) by roaring and engaging in displays involving parallel walking and fights. The dominant stag maintains a harem of hinds to mate with.

The autumn sunshine gave perfect conditions for observing the deer. The trees were full of jays foraging for acorns and late butterflies were spotted on the wing across the mere. The group also learned about important aspects of conservation management of the parkland such as incorporating dead wood into ecosystems to boost populations of fungi and invertebrates.

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