Roe deer are the most common native deer in the UK.
In the summer, you will be more likely to see them out alone, whereas in the winter you will see them gathered in small groups.
They are nervous creatures and will spend most of the day under the cover of trees. From dusk into the night, they may become more adventurous and venture out into more open areas.
If you see them, stay as still and as quiet as you can. Any quick movement will see them racing away to safety.
Roe Deer facts and statistics
• 0.9m to 1.3m long, 60-75cm high
• Females are called Does, males are known as Bucks
• Males grow and shed antlers each year and can become aggressive around breeding time.
How to identify
Slender and elegant, the roe deer is relatively short. It has short antlers but no tail.
Initially brown, their colour adapts depending upon the season. In summer they take on a reddish tinge and may have more of a grey colouring in winter.
They can be found in many places including:
• Forest / Woodland