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
Typically occur in open, deciduous, mixed or coniferous woodlands
All year round
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.
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.
It is rare in Leicestershire and Rutland but is believed to be colonising from the east.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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