Once a declining population, numbers of Red Deer in the UK have risen thanks to concerted conservation efforts. Valued for their meat, called venison, Red Deer are also kept as ornamental park animals. They prefer woodland, but have successfully adapted to open moorland. Deer stalking, particularly in the Scottish Highlands, is a country sport widely used as part of land management programs.
The Red Deer female is smaller than the male. They live in single-sex herds most of the year, the hinds coming together with stags who compete to control a harem during the rutting season. Hamish has caught her delicate features in his bronze Red Deer Hind sculpture, which is available in limited edition – perfect for wildlife lovers.