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Wildlife of Richmond Park | Wild London

Natural World Facts
Richmond Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, from majestic Red Deer to Stag Beetles. Explore the biodiversity of this incredible ecosystem, and join us as we look for wildlife in Richmond Park. As the UK’s largest land mammal, red deer are truly majestic creatures. The males, known as stags, develop a large set of antlers that grow with age and are shed and regrown each year, while the females or hinds lack antlers and tend to be smaller. Red deer certainly leave their mark on the landscape. Nearly all of the trees in the park have a distinctive ‘browse line’ at 1.5 metres above the ground, caused by deer eating all the leaves and twigs that grow below that height. Their constant grazing on grasses, shoots and shrubs prevents saplings from growing, maintaining the largest area of Lowland Acid Grassland in London, hosting much of the park’s diversity. Thanks Albi for the London Timelapse footage :) 00:00 Intro 00:15 Refuge in the City 01:23 Red Deer in the Park 03:20 Life in the Deadwood 04:36 The Detrital Food Web 06:16 Colonisers 07:59 Hunters and the Hunted 09:16 Life on the Riverbed 10:22 Outro
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