Learn about Deer
The six species of deer found living wild in this country form an important and valued element of our flora and fauna. From the famous Red Deer found on the hills of Scotland to the Fallow of the lowland forests they are truly wild and hold an iconic status often wrapped up in myth and legend. In fact only two of these species, Red and Roe, are what could be called indigenous, Fallow arriving with the Normans and Sika, Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer only in the last 100 years or so following escapes and deliberate releases from Deer Parks and private collections.
They are all, however, thriving and surveys conducted by the Society have shown them to be increasing in both numbers and geographic spread. In this part of the website you can learn more about each of the species as well as where to see them and why we need to manage them. Additionally, you can find Advice sheets which cover some of the most commonly asked questions.
If you cannot find the answer you are looking for on a particular question please contact us and one of our experts will do their best to help.