Scientific name: Capreolus capreolus
The attractive roe deer is native to the UK and widespread across woodland, farmland, grassland and heathland habitats. Look for its distinctive pale rump and short antlers.
Shoulder height: 60-75cm
Average lifespan: 7 years
Common. Protected in the UK under the Deer Act 1991.
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutOur 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.
How to identifyA 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.
In our area
Roe deer are common in Shropshire and can be found wandering in woodlands all over the county. They have been spotted at Earl's and Pontesford Hill.