Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

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The Fallow deer went extinct in Britain during the last Ice Age, and was re-established by the Normans in the 11th century. Non-native but considered naturalised.

The Fallow deer prefers mature broadleaved or mixed woodlands. The rut is from late-September to mid-October. Peak times of activity are at dawn and dusk. In Scotland, it occurs in isolated pockets, mainly in Perthshire and Stirlingshire. The estimated number of Fallow deer in Scotland is less than 4,000.

 

 

Facts about Fallow Deer

Adult sizeUp to 96 kg, 84cm-94cm at shoulder
ColorationFour variations: Tan/fawn with white spots, Menil, Black and White
AntlersPalmate in adult (>3 years), up to 70cm long
Social groupsGroups, as well as a degree of sexual segregation
OffspringOne single fawn in June
HabitatMature broadleaf woodland with understory, open coniferous woodland, open agricultural land.
FeedingPreferential grazers of grasses, trees and dwarf shrub shoots

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