Muntjac deer

We have a small number of Muntjac’s on my local patch, a few of them are quite bold and are often reported in gardens around the village eating flowers, annoying or entertaining the householders.

Many of them are shy and I only get glimpses of them in the wood as they dart for cover.

Some hide in hedgerows, like this young one with its mum.

Here are a few facts about Muntjacs

  • The Reeves muntjac or Chinese muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi)  is not a native deer to the UK
  • It was brought to Woburn Park in Bedfordshire in 1894
  • Native to South East China
  • They stand shoulder height 45-52 cm
  • Males have tusks which are elongated canine teeth
  • They eat ivy, bramble, shoots, flowers, fruit, nuts, dead leaves and fungi.
  • They can live between 10 and 13 years
  • They are known as the ‘Barking deer’
  • They only have one baby, but can breed all year round
  • Muntjac have two pairs of scent glands on the face, the ones just below the eyes are easily visible. Both glands are used to mark their territories and boundaries
  • Being a non-native species Muntjac are not protected in the UK and are part of the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019

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I’m pleased to let you know that you can now Pre-order my debut book ‘Get Your Boots On’ on Amazon UK where you can see a preview few pages.

It will also be available from Waterstones and hopefully independent book shops

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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5 Responses to Muntjac deer

  1. What beautiful photos. I never realised muntjac deer had such distinctive dark lines on their faces. Huge congratulations on your book… What an amazing achievement 😊

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  2. Terrific news about your book, Alex. Congratulations on getting it into print.

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