Nature interpretation and science communication to enjoy the red deer and fallow deer rutting seasons
The arrival of autumn does not pass unnoticed for Nature-lovers in the Mediterranean forests. From mid-September until mid-October, two fascinating wildlife phenomenons happen in our wilderness: the Iberian red deer (Cervus elaphus) and the fallow deer (Dama dama) rutting seasons. A chorus of bellowing temporarily disrupts the peace of autumnal evenings in our forests, as relentless hymns to life. And at Azeral Environmental Sciences, we do not want to miss it.
We want to witness these gifts of the forest, but not only by sight and sound… During the red deer and fallow deer rutting seasons, we offer you a chance to experience Nature —feel it, watch it, and hear it— from the perspective of our protagonists through a unique and exclusive interpretative experience that, because of its evident tourist interest, we offer hand-in-hand with Ecoturismo Cuenca: “Discover de secrets of the red deer rut”.
This activity integrates the arts of interpreting and communicating Nature, and is entirely aimed at experiencing and enjoying the red deer and fallow deer rutting seasons in a privileged spot in the heart of the Natural Park of the Serranía de Cuenca. “Discover the secrets of the red deer rut” consists of a guided interpretative hike (about 2 km.) to reveal some of the treasures hidden within the red deer and fallow deer habitats in the Serranía de Cuenca, and then move on to their ruts through an interactive talk (about 40 minutes).
What are the red deer and fallow deer ruts? What are they for? What factors determine their onsets and durations? How does the life of a male red deer or fallow deer change during these periods? How do stags and hinds survive this intense period? Why do stags fight? Why do antlers matter? What factors determine the perpetuation of these species? We answer these questions and many more, revealing the ecological and ecophysiological processess behind, with the support of specifically designed didactic materials.
And then, after a well-deserved refreshment, it is time to gaze at our “enchanted valley”, to listen to the voices of male red deer and fallow deer and watch the typical behaviour of males and females during this special periods in their lives. A 5-hours adventure, suitable for audiences of all ages, that leaves none untouched.
The IV Edition of “Discover the secrets of the red deer rut” (2018) will take place from 22nd September to 14th October, both included, and will be available in the mornings or afternoons. Number of diary participants is limited and previous reservations are required. Look for further information on the website of Ecoturismo Cuenca, by email or by telephone at +34 686 621 689 (Alberto) and +34 616 507 695 (Nuria). Do not lose your place!