Roe buck

Roe buck
Roe buck

Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)  are native to Britain, having been here since before the Mesolithic period. Forest clearance and hunting led to their extinction in England by 1800.  Reintroductions from Europe and re-colonisation from Scotland means that roe deer are common today.

Roe deer are browsers of trees, shrubs and herbs.  Deer browsing of tree shoots puts them in conflict with foresters and browsing of shrub layer impacts the wildlife diversity of woodland.

The Discover Wildlife website gives a guide to aging a deer by its antler growth that year.  This buck would appear to be 3 years old, with three tines, a continuous coronet and pearling on the shafts.

The website also states that in Britain, some of the biggest roe buck antlers are found in Wiltshire and Sussex.  This deer was photographed on the Wiltshire/BANES border.


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