|A herd of spectators head up to the feeding station...|
This November the ranger team held three "Estate Apprentice" events here at Lyme Park. They offered children (a.k.a. mini-rangers) a chance to experience first hand what it's like to feed our herd of fallow deer.
|...Meanwhile ranger Al fends off the fallow deer...|
We've been overwhelmed by the interest the events have attracted. Numbers have ranged from 60 up to 170! A fee of £2 per child was proferred, with the donations going towards funding the fallow deers' winter feed.
Once the apprentices had filled the troughs, the deer jostled for position. The pecking order was nervously negotiated through a combination of clashing antlers and territorial posturing. The estate apprentices (along with their parents, of course) were treated to front row seats for this fallow feeding frenzy.
| ...Until it's time for the Estate Apprentices to fill the troughs,|
under the watchful eye of ranger Doug...