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ABOUT DEER SPECIES

Of our British deer, only red deer and roe deer are truly indigenous. Fallow deer were almost certainly introduced by the Normans while three Asiatic species, Reeves’ muntjac, Chinese water deer and sika arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

DEER SPECIES NAMES

The characteristics of each species make them well-suited to the habitats found across Britain and highly adaptable to environmental changes. Together they make a valuable contribution to biodiversity and are some of our most engaging British mammals.

Somewhat confusingly, the genders and offspring of deer species in the UK have different names – not all young deer are called fawns and not all male deer are called stags!
Species

Male

Female

Young

Red

Stag

Hind

Calf

Sika

Stag

Hind

Calf

Roe

Buck

Doe

Kid

Muntjac

Buck

Doe

Fawn

Fallow

Buck

Doe

Fawn

Chinese water deer

Buck

Doe

Fawn

SIX BRITISH DEER SPECIES

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Deer Distribution in the UK

Please click on a link below to view the mapped results from the 2016 survey for each deer species.

Identifying deer

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