Posted 22nd Jan 2018
Do you know what our most common native deer is?
If you said the Roe Deer, you'd be correct. Tending to be solitary in summer, they'll tend to form a small, loose group in winter. The males have relatively short antlers, which will have six points. Beginning to grow their antlers in November, they shed the velvet from them in the spring. By the summer, they're ready for the rutting season - after mating they shed their antlers in October and start to grow a new set. Roe Deer live in areas of mixed countryside, with farmland, grassland, heathland and woodland.
A slender, medium-sized deer with short antlers and no tail. Roe Deer are predominantly brown in colour, turning reddish in the summer and darker grey in the winter. They have a paler, buff patch around the rump.
Where to find it
Found in Scotland and northern England - they're scarcely seen in Wales, the Midlands and southern England, but are absent from Northern Ireland.
Roe Deer are not considered to be rare in the UK, but the habitats they favour are declining, with our grasslands, field margins and woodlands all under threat.
Text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts / image courtesy of Bob Coyle