Deer-ly beloved

STAFF at Mountfichet castle, in Stansted, are lending a hand to help the local deer find love. During the Rutting season (mating season), which is due to start any day and lasts for about three weeks every autumn, the wild young stags that live in the s

STAFF at Mountfichet castle, in Stansted, are lending a hand to help the local deer find love.

During the 'Rutting' season (mating season), which is due to start any day and lasts for about three weeks every autumn, the wild young stags that live in the surrounding countryside frantically begin their search for their true love.

Park wardens have decided to help the Stags and their three lovely maiden Fallow deer, Holly, Lupin and Bluebell, who live within the Castle walls, to meet their perfect dates by building a deer ramp.

A spokesman said: "We have installed a wooden ramp that will slope gently enough to allow roaming wild stags to walk up and jump safely over the castle's ten foot walls to gain entry into the complex and meet the girls of their dreams resulting, we hope, in a happy event next spring for our girls.