Roe deer

I regularly see Roe deer near my house, they sometimes use the lane by the side of my house during the night.

They are pretty used to me being in the fields and normally take no notice of me. Although if there has been shooting going on nearby they become very wary for a few days. (quite rightly so).

A few facts about Roe deer – I’ve tried to find some unusual facts

  • Roe deer are native to Britain, they have been here since before the Mesolithic period
  • When alarmed they make a short dog-like bark (often scares the life out of me when I’m badger watching)
  • Roe deers are a grey colour in the winter and a rich brown in the summer
  • Their white rump patch ‘puffs’ out when they are alarmed.
  • Deers eye sight isn’t any better than ours although they have a better field of view at 310 degrees.
  • Deers have poor depth of field view and reply on motion. That’s why they sometimes stamp their feet to get you to move.
  • It has been said deers can recognise individual humans – I’m sure this is true.
  • Deers have a sense of smell 1000 times better than us.
  • Roe deer have scent glands  between their antlers and on the side of their face, they will scent mark branches. They also have scent glands on their hind legs near their hooves which they use to paw and scent the ground.
  • Deers are thought to align themselves to the north and South of Earth’s magnetic field when relaxing
  • There have been accounts of Roe deer swimming

Let me know if you have any fun facts about Roe deers and I’ll add them

Roe in the grassWoodland glade

Roe deer amongst trees

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to Roe deer

  1. Great shots here. Particularly like the soft lighting and bokeh in the first one. Great portrait and you did well to get that close.

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  2. Thanks for the post about the Roe Deer! It got me thinking about different kinds of deer in the world

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  3. I’ve seen a few roe deer in the woodlands of Brockholes Nature Reserve – they can sometimes make you jump with their sudden appearances out of the foliage!

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  4. Thanks for sharing about Roe Deer, I enjoyed it. Their bark sounds startling! Sitka black tailed deer where I grew up sometimes swim from island to island in the Alexander Archipeligo of Alaska, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Roe deer swim also.

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