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Lindsey's Deer-Calling Adventure

Lindsey tries her hand at deer calling at an annual competition in the Peak District.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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I'm on the lookout....

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for the largest land mammal in the UK -

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the red deer -

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and it's around here somewhere.

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I'm on the Eastern Moors in the Peak District.

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And I've also been told there's a competition,

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-and I love a competition.

-Hi, Lindsey.

-Hi, you must be Danny.

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-Shall I show you where to find the deer?

-Absolutely. Sounds good.

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-And we can lose the hat as well, it's not necessary.

-Sure, yeah.

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OK. Always follow the expert.

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'Danny looks after these moors and knows all about red deer.'

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So, Danny, what are we doing today? Why are we here?

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We're here... We're up on Big Moor in the Peak District and we're

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here looking to spot red deer.

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Speaking of spotting them, I can definitely hear them.

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-They're so noisy, aren't they?

-They are.

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At this time of year,

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the red deer come together and the stronger stags...

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It's quite a spectacular event,

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the stags lock antlers and they're battling for supremacy to

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be able to mate with the hinds that are out there.

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Oh, so it's a bit of a deer-off, it's like a competition, isn't it?

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The noise you can hear is also how they show how deep their voice is

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and therefore how formidable they might be.

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'The way the red deer call out is known as bolving

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'and it's most common at this time of year.

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'So common, in fact, people round here have a competition

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'to celebrate.'

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For the past three years,

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people have gathered right here on the Eastern Moors for the annual

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Red Deer Bolving Championships, to see if they can roar like deer.

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I'm being serious, this is a real competition.

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'Now, I'm going to be getting involved,

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'obvs, and if I'm going to do this, well, I'm doing it properly.'

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Right, where is the competition?

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-Lindsey, I think you've got the wrong end of the stick.

-Oh, really?

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That's very awkward.

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'So, after a quick change,

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'the competitors head over the moors towards the deer.'

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Keep climbing.

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'If I'm going to stand any chance at all, I'm going to need some advice.

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'Luckily, last year's champion, Flora, is on hand to help.'

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So, what can you tell me, what are your top tips for me today?

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To be really, really loud and to be really confident.

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-Mm-hm.

-And don't be embarrassed.

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Yeah, because I do feel a bit silly doing it,

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-but have you got to just go for it?

-Yeah.

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OK. Good luck. Let's do this.

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Let's bring that medal home.

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'Competitors are marked by a team of judges and get points for

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'style and how real they sound.

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'What really impresses the judges, though,

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'is being able to get a deer to answer back.'

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DEER BELLOWS

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'So, let's get ready to, er, bolving!

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'Oh, it doesn't really work, does it? Just start.'

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HE ROARS

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'Wow. I did not see that coming.'

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HE ROARS

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'Competition is fierce and some people are really going for it.'

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THEY BELLOW

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-Do I have to compete, Flora?

-Yeah.

-OK.

-If you signed up.

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I did sign up, yeah.

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It's my own fault, really, isn't it?

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SHE BELLOWS

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'And before long, it's my turn.'

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OK.

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Time to step up.

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SHE ROARS

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'Not bad. But then...'

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DEER BELLOWS

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'Amazing.

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'My first attempt and I got a deer to call back. Time for another go.'

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SHE ROARS

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'I even surprised myself with how good I am.'

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Is that all right?

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OK, you can do it.

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'Time for Flora to show me how it's really done.'

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SHE ROARS

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High five. That was good!

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I learnt from the best.

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'As the competition goes into the night,

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'the judges have a lot to think about.'

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HE GROWLS

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'Flora's sister, Poppy, has a go, too.'

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SHE ROARS

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'And she's pretty good.

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'It's time for us to head back to get those all-important results.'

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OK, this is it, the judges are just coming out.

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They've got the results.

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Nerves are kicking in.

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'Over to head judge Roger.'

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The overall winner, unanimously decided by all three of us,

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was number 74, Andy.

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CHEERING

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'Turns out the judges didn't think I was very good at bolving.

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'Can't win everything, I guess.

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'But Poppy was so good that she's taken the medal from her sister

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'this year, keeping it in the family.'

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Do you know what? This has genuinely been one of the weirdest

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and most wonderful Blue Peter filming days ever.

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I've never laughed this hard. So, guys, I think one last time, ready?

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THEY ALL ROAR

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Not bad.

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DEER BELLOWS

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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