Roe Deer

Roe Deer

Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Doe a deer...

Our most common native deer, the Roe Deer tends to be solitary in summer, but forms small, loose groups in winter. The males have relatively short antlers, typically with three points. They begin to grow their antlers in November, shedding the velvet from them in the spring. By summer, they are ready for the rutting season. After mating, they shed their antlers in October and begin to grow a new set. Roe Deer live in areas of mixed countryside that includes woodland, farmland, grassland and heathland. They eat buds and leaves from trees and shrubs, as well as ferns, grasses and heathers.

Where can I see them?

Roe deer are widespread in England, but our most popular viewing spots are Brockholes, Heysham, Longworth and Mere Sands Wood.

What to look for

A slender, medium-sized deer, the Roe Deer has short antlers and no tail. It is mostly brown in colour, turning reddish in the summer and darker grey in the winter. It has a pale buff patch around its rump.

Did you know?

A male Roe Deer is called a 'buck' and the female is a 'doe'.