The red deer migrated into Britain from Europe 11,000 years ago and is Britains largest mammal. Loss of forestry caused the decline of red deer population. Small groups inhabited the Scottish Highlands, and south-west England. The Normans kept red deer in parks and forests for royal hunting, During Mediaeval times their numbers declined in England. The Victorians re-introduced the species and as forest and woodland cover increased in the early 20th century so did the red deer population which is now widely distributed in Britain.
The Stag can grow to a height of 125cm or more and the hind 110cm
Shooting season in England and wales Stags August 1st to April 30th
Hinds november 1st to March 31st
A medium-sized deer that has a similar spotted coat to Fallow deer in summer, but usually is rougher, thicker and darker. Grey brown in winter, a Sika's tail is shorter than that of a Fallow deer, but with similar white 'target' and black markings, usually with a distinctive furrowed brow, look looking like a smaller version of a Red deer. Sika are native to China, including Taiwan Korea and Japan. Introduced to County Wicklow in Ireland and London Zoo they were deliberately released and now can be found in Dorset and The New Forest.
Size: 138-179 cm. Tail length: 14-21 cm. Shoulder height: 50-120 cm. Weight: Males 40-63 Kg \ Females 31-44 kg. Lifespan: Maximum recorded lifespan in captivity is 26 years, 16 in the wild. Shooting season: Stags, 1st August to 30th April / Hinds, 1st November to 31st of March.