Established in the uk before the last Ice Age, the Roe Deer is the smallest native deer species. By 1800 excessive hunting and the loss of habitat caused the roe deer to become extinct, In Victorian times the species was re-introduced,The Planting of woodland and forestry in the 20th century has led to the roe deer becoming widespread today.
The Buck can grow to a height of 75cm and the Doe 70cm
Shooting Season in England and Wales Bucks April 1st to October 31st
Does November 1st to March 31st
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
The Sika Deer was introduced into the uk from Japan in the 19th century and now due to escaped animals a wild population has become established. it is thought that the first introductions were from Japan, Manchuria and Formosa The Sika has also inter-bred with the native Red deer. A large population of Sika can be found in dorset and a few can be seen in Kent and Sussex.
The stags grow to a height of 95cm and the hinds 85cm
Shooting Season England and wales Stags August 1st to april 30th
Hinds November 1st to March 31st
CHINESE WATER DEER
The scientific name (Hydropotes inermis) of this unusual small deer translates as 'unarmed water-drinker
The Chinese Water Deer was introduced to the UK by the Duke of Bedford to inhance the grounds of Woburn Abbey at the start of the 20th century. This Deer is a native to China and North Korea, The storm of 1987 allowed the Chinese Water Deer to escape and spread throughout Bedfordshire and East Anglia and now inhabits both wetland and drier parkland and wooded areas. The males grow to a height of 50cm and the femals 48cm
The Shooting Season for Bucks and does is from November 1st to March the 31st.
Muntjac, The Barking Deer with its dog like bark, Originally from Asia was brought to Woburn Abbey in around 1900 it was an Indian sub-species, which was first introduced. Later between 1940 an 1950 the Reeves’ Muntjac was introduced, some of these were intentionally released and this population spread throughout Bedfordshire, Norfolk and suffolk; and a few are to be found in kent and Sussex. the Male grows to a height of 49cm and the females 47cm
There is no closed season for this species