Native to the Park

You often see its white bottom as it lopes away from you in woodland or out on a hillside.  The males (bucks) are less than 1 m tall to the shoulder and have small forked antlers.  Females (doe) are slightly smaller with no antlers, both are mid-dark brown, but this can vary some looking quite red/brown.

When are they active?

They are mainly solitary but you can see them in small groups. They often lie up in long grass or bracken during the day and are more active at dawn and dusk.  Roe deer like to browse trees and are therefore a pest where new woodlands and forests are developing.  Some control does take place, but using tree tubes to protect newly planted trees allows the tree to grow beyond the deer’s reach.

Where to see them

In and around Billsmoor deer park on Simonside there is a herd of Fallow deer.  These are larger deer (nearer to 1m at the shoulder) often lighter brown than the roe deer with white spots and large palmate antlers. The herd in Bilsmoor deer park were introduced in the 19th century, though in other parts of the country they are thought to have been introduced by the Normans.