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ABOUT UK DEER SPECIES

Of the wild UK deer species, 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.

BRITISH DEER NAMES

The characteristics of each deer 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 in the UK can have different names depending on the species – not all young deer are called fawns and not all male deer are called stags!
Species

Male

Female

Young

Red

Stag

Hind

Calf

Stag

Hind

Calf

Roe

Buck

Doe

Kid

Buck

Doe

Fawn

Buck

Doe

Fawn

Buck

Doe

Fawn

MEDIUM TO LARGE DEER SPECIES

MEDIUM to SMALL DEER SPECIES

YOUR BDS

The British Deer Society is the only charity dedicated to wild deer in the UK. Our  work engages in education and research to help ensure wild deer remain valued, healthy, and sustainable within the UK as an important part of its biodiversity.

We love deer and want to see them have a positive future. If you feel the same then please take a few moments to complete our short survey.

Your opinion matters and the results from this survey will help us focus our efforts on what is important to you.

To take part in the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/65Z53LL

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UK WILD Deer Distribution

HOW TO IDENTIFY UK DEER

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