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                                   Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)




Photo's  by Martin Whitfield


Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)


Small deer, reddish brown in summer, grey in winter.

Distinctive black moustache stripe, white chin. Appears tail-less with white/cream rump patch which is especially conspicuous when its hairs are puffed out when the deer is alarmed. Males have short antlers, erect with no more than three points.

Average height at shoulder 60-75cm. Males slightly larger.  Adults weigh 10—25kg

The maximum age in the wild is 16 years, but most live 7 years


Roe deer are widespread throughout Scotland and much of England, and in many areas they are abundant. They are increasing their range. They are generally found in open mixed, coniferous or purely deciduous woodland, particularly at edges between woodland and open habitats. Roe deer feed throughout the 24 hours, but are most active at dusk and dawn.


Their diet is varied and includes buds and leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs, bramble, rose, ivy, herbs, conifers, ferns, heather and grasses.