Posted 23rd Jan 2018
The large, elegant Fallow Deer have broad, 'palmate' antlers
During the autumnal breeding season (this is known as the 'rut'), males will make a loud belly-belch to proclaim their territory and will fight over the females. Fallow Deer prefer deciduous or mixed woodland with large clearings, and are also common in many deer parks across the country.
How to identify
Fallow Deer will be variable in colour - most are a pale gingery-brown with white spots on the back, a characteristic black and white tail with a white rump patch outlined in black. Some will be darker brown without any spots, and others will be pale, almost white.
As they are fairly widespread in England, Wales, Ireland and southern Scotland, you can find them in many habitats without too many problems.
The Fallow Deer was introduced by the Normans in the 11th century, and have since become widespread in Britain. However, in excess numbers, Fallow Deer will cause damage to our woodlands by eating young shoots and leaves from newly-coppiced or growing trees.
Image courtesy of Amy Lewis - text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts