Name: Roe Deer
Scientific name: Capreolus capreolus
Nature Stars: 60
About: Our commonest native deer. The Roe Deer stands about 70cm tall, measured at the shoulder. It is plain brown in colour, reddish in the summer turning darker grey in the winter, with a paler buffy patch around the rump. Roe Deer tend to be found in ones and twos, never gathering in large groups like the two larger deer. The males have relatively short antlers, with just one or two branches. They live in areas of mixed countryside, with farmland, grassland, heathland and woodland.
How to identify: A slender, medium sized, solitary deer with short antlers and no tail feeding on the edge of a woodland will be a Roe Deer.
Where: Found in Scotland and the North of England. Scarce in Wales, the Midlands and southern England. Absent from Northern Ireland.
Fantastic fact: A male Roe Deer is called a Buck and the female is a Doe.
Photograph credit: Robert Lewis