ROE DEER

ROE

DEER

COUNTRYSIDE LIVING

Roe deer are a common sight in the British countryside, but that doesn’t make them any less of a worthy subject to photograph. They are one of two deer species truly native to the UK, living in woodland, farmland, grassland and heathland habitats. They feed on buds and leaves from trees and shrubs, as well as ferns, grasses and heathers.

During the summer, roe deer are often solitary and form small groups during the colder winter months. In comparison to the much larger red deer, the antlers of males are relatively short. They begin to grow their antlers in November, shedding their stunning velvet from them in early spring. By summer, the bucks are ready for the rutting season, where they will  need to fight off rivals to win the attention of the breeding females. After the mating season, males shed their antlers around October and begin to grow a new set for the process to start all over again.

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