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Autumn is a wonderful time to explore the rewilding project, with berry-laden scrub and golden oak crowns providing a colourful backdrop to the battlegrounds of both red deer stags and fallow bucks. The red deer are the first to enter the rut in early October as mature stags defend their harem from younger contenders with roars and posturing and battles for supremacy. From around mid-October until the beginning of November the fallow bucks stage their rut, the woods resonating with the sound of grunting and clashing antlers.

One of our expert guides will drive you in our Pinzgauer safari vehicle, to search for red stags and their harems and other seasonal wildlife such as winter thrushes arriving to spend the colder months at Knepp and Tamworth pigs gorging on acorns. You’ll be taken to our deer hide, nestled in at the edge of a fallow deer display ground, where there’ll be a chance to hear fallow bucks attracting females with their persistent grunts and watch the phenomenon of ‘parallel walking’ – two bucks strutting together, sizing each other up before clashing together in pitched battle.

Listen to hooting tawny owls setting up their territories as darkness falls and you warm up with hot venison or veggie sausages, hot chocolate and a tot of homemade Knepp sloe gin.

This is a vehicle-based safari but there will be some walking on uneven ground in dark conditions, ascending a ramp into the deer hide, as well as getting in and out of the back of the Pinzgauer vehicle which has two steps.

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Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari booking. We also cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see. Our safaris are suitable only for children of 12 and over.