Roe doe and fawn (image by Dave Strutt)

Roe doe and fawn (image by Dave Strutt)

Of the four types of deer found at Queen Elizabeth Country Park you are most likely to see the Roe. They  are browsers living in  wooded areas in groups of 2-3 females (does) with a single male (buck).

Easy to spot in Summer they are much smaller than the Fallow Deer weighing in at only 15-30kg,  with a golden red coat and white rump patch. The tail is small and barely visible.

 

 

Life expectancy is 5 years for males and 6-7 for females. Mortality is at its highest soon after birth and during the first Winter.

The young are born in late May or June and will remain hidden until they are old enough to join the rest of the group.

Roe fawn (image by Dave Strutt)

Roe fawn (image by Dave Strutt)

The mother will suckle her fawn several times a day for the first three months. It is during this time  that they are most vulnerable to disturbance and the adults will often abandon them if they see or smell a dog or human nearby.

If you find a fawn anywhere in the Park please leave well alone and report to reception on 02392 595040.

For more information about the management of deer have a look at the British Deer Society’s web-site at www.bds.org.uk and for video footage go to the BBC Wildlife site at www.bbc.co.uk

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