Roe Deer - Capreolus capreolus


    This small, elegant deer is reddish brown in colour during summer but becomes grey, pale brown or even black in winter. The tail is very small and there is a large white rump patch, which becomes less obvious or even absent during the winter. Males are larger than females and have short antlers, usually with three points

    Identification difficulty

    Typically occur in open, deciduous, mixed or coniferous woodlands

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    The antlers are shed from October to January and the new pair, which begins to grow immediately, is covered in 'velvet', furred skin. Young Roe Deer (called 'kids') have spotted coats for the first 6 weeks of life.

    UK Status

    Native to Scotland but now found in many parts of England; it remains scarce in certain areas such as Kent, parts of the Midlands and parts of Wales.

    VC55 Status

    It is rare in Leicestershire and Rutland but is believed to be colonising from the east.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map