The herd of fallow deer at Powderham Castle – well known to regular rail travellers between Plymouth and Exeter because they can be clearly seen from the train – have started the annual rut. Young fallow start breeding when they are about 18 months old and the mating season starts in late September, earlier than the red deer rut. Usually the fallow doe gives birth to a single fawn between late May and mid June. The bucks, like the magnificent specimen pictured, groan tremendously during the rut to signal their dominance and attract females. The best time to see the deer are at peak times of activity at dawn and dusk.