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

Photo ID?

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

UK Map