Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)

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The Roe deer is the smallest native British deer. It was close to extinction some 300 years ago and still localised a century ago.

A reintroduction program has steadily expanded Roe deer range since the 1960s. In some areas, Roe deer are seen as pest because of damage to agriculture and forestry.

The rut (mating season) is from mid-July to mid-August. Peak times of activity are at dawn and dusk. Roe deer are found across mainland Scotland. Estimated Roe deer population in Scotland is around 350,000.

 

Facts about Roe deer

Adult SizeUp to 25 kg. 60cm-75cm at shoulder
ColorationReddish brown in summer – grey/pale brown in Winter. Always shows a cream rump patch and
insignificant tail
AntlersRugose, <30cm, 3 tines on each as adults
Social GroupsSolitary, forming small groups in winter
OffspringKids born May/June, usually 2
HabitatWoodland and forest, but may occupy fields when at high densities
FeedingSelective browsers (herbs, brambles, ivy, heather, bilberry & coniferous/deciduous tree shoots)

 

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The Roe deer is the smallest native British deer. It was close to extinction some 300 years ago and still localised a century ago. A reintroduction program has steadily expanded Roe deer range since the 1960s. In some areas, Roe deer are seen as pest because of damage to agriculture and forestry. The rut (mating…