Native Deer of British Isles
The Roe Deer is a native deer of the British Isles and are now abundant throughout. They have increased in both population and distribution, with the increase in planting of woodland in the 20th century.
Roe deer are normally associated with the edges of woodlands and forests, and can also be found in areas with hedgerows.
Roe deer vary in coat colour throughout the year, being most distinguishable in the summer when their coats are bright rusty red. In winter, their coats turn a dull, slate grey colour.
Roe deer have large black eyes, noses, and mouths surrounded by white/pale areas. They have a prominent white rump and no visible tail. Females (does) have a small tuft of hair similar to a tail at the base of the rump patch during the winter.
Males (bucks) have small antlers, which have three points each when fully grown.
The Roe Deer diet is varied and includes buds and leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs, bramble, rose, ivy, herbs, conifers, ferns, heather and grasses.
Deer Park campsite, in the Eridge Park countryside, is located in a Deee Park and the Roe Deer can be spotted all around.
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