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