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Red deer stays clashing and locking antlers in annual rut.
Red deer stags rutting
Red deer stays clashing and locking antlers in annual rut.

Westleton Heath Red Deer Rut

Westleton Heath in Suffolk is one of the best places to witness the amazing deer rut each year, where majestic red stags bellow and clash horns in a fierce mating battle. Red deer usually form large “harems”, and during rutting season, male stags invest most of their energy in fighting and competing with other stags to mate with their chosen hinds.  Aggressive stags pumped full of testosterone can often be heard roaring loudly as they clash and lock horns and engage in a fierce mating battle.

The rutting season on Westleton Heath usually occurs between mid-September and late October and RSPB Minsmere usually host a guided "viewpoint" at the reserve, which offers an educational way to experience the rut.

RSPB Minsmere also organise 4x4 Deer Safaris throughout September and October which offer an exhilarating experience where you’ll search for one of the largest red deer herds in Britain with the opportunity to take some fantastic photos of this fascinating wildlife spectacle.

For more information visit the Fact File below.


  • 4x4 Safaris: to book a place on one of the RSPB Minsmere 4x4 Deer Safaris or to find out more click here
  • Accommodation: Suffolk Secrets offers a range of VisitEngland inspected holiday cottages in Westleton, Dunwich and Minsmere.
  • Suffolk Events: to return to the Suffolk Events page click here.