The Sika Deer was introduced to the British Isles in the 19th century. This particular species is often mistaken for the axis deer that is also present in Britain, however the sika has a dark dorsal stripe.


Their native range is China and Japan, however as noted they were introduced into Britain, and many other European countries throughout the 19th and 20th century. Preference leans towards coniferous forests, however they can be found in a range of woodlands. Scotland is one of the best places to see this species of deer in Britain.


A herbivore, with the preference of forb plants, however they are adapted to eat grasses and other plant matter.

Predators & Threats

In their native ranges predators include tigers, wolves and where their paths cross bears. In Britain however they have no natural predators.


  • Sika Deer and axis deer are able to mate to produce hybrids.
  • This species of deer can leap upto 4 meters in front of them.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Sika Deer, Japanese Deer.Cervus nippon
0.7 – 1 m (to the shoulders)
 15 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Sika Deer