Background

In the late 1700’s the population of Roe Deer was drastically reduced with the only existing populations existing within pockets of Scottish Highland. Reintroduction programs have since seen populations increase and there is now an approximated 500,000 individuals.

Habitat

This species can be found throughout Europe and Eastern Asia. The habitat consists of woodlands and open areas with plenty of vegetation.

Diet

Roe Deer are adaptable creatures and are able to vary their diet dependent on what is available. Their diet consists of plant matter such as grass and bramble bushes. Where available they will also feed on fruits and berries.

Predators & Threats

Predators include wolves and lynxes, however as these species no longer exist in Britain they have very few natural predators. Dogs are one of the only animals that cause harm to populations in Britain.

Facts

  • They are easily scared, and when alerted will run into thicker and taller vegetation.
  • Their fur becomes darker in winter, turning a grey – brown colour.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Roe Deer, Western Roe Deer, Chevreuil, European Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus 
Size
 Height: 60-80 cm
Lifespan
 10 years

Best Time to Look

All year round

Where to find Roe Deer