We have a varied selection of winter talks scheduled here at Dyrham towers, and the third one could not have been more apt. ‘The deer of Dyrham’ by John Stowers. His right hand man was our very own ranger John Cotton. The deer we have here are not only one of the oldest indigenous herds in the country, but how the village and house got its name. Dyrham is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘where deer run’. One of the more distinctive elements of the bucks of the herd are the Antlers. They grow directly out of the skull fuelled by testosterone and have a velvety membrane on them. The Antler starts as a stubby spike and will grow more elaborate. As the rutting season gets closer, there is a surge of testosterone and the blood flow is cut off, the Antler stops growing, and the membrane falls away. (Where the term ‘in tatters’ comes from)

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