Deer species UK

The Joys of Guided Stalking

As someone that enjoys many different aspects of shooting, I find managing my time very difficult, especially with a family of young children. I am lucky enough to have my own ground with Roe and Muntjac, but i find it difficult to give the ground the attention it...

Muntjac Deer ( Muntiacus Reevesi )

Common name – Muntjac deer Latin name – Muntiacus reevesi History Named in 1812 after John Reeves of the British East India Company, Muntjac were introduced to Woburn Park, Bedfordshire by the Duke of Bedford in the early 20th century.  Some subsequently escaped – or...

Roe Deer ( Capreolus Capreolus )

Common name – Roe Deer Latin name – Capreolus capreolus History Native to Britain since the Mesolithic Period (6,000 to 10,000 years ago), they became extinct in England by 1800 due to over-hunting and forest clearances, but held on in Scotland.  Since their...

Sika Deer ( Cervus Nippon )

Common name – Sika Deer Latin name – Cervus nippon History Sika deer were mid-19th century imports from the Far East into some UK estates.  The majority came from Japan and a combination of releases into the wild and park escapees have resulted in growing feral Sika...

Fallow Deer ( Dama Dama )

Common name – Fallow Deer Latin name – Dama dama History This medium sized deer was brought to England in sustainable numbers by the Normans, although the Romans had also imported them well before that.  They have long been associated with Parks for hunting and they...

Red Deer ( Cervus Elaphus )

Common name – Red Deer Latin name – Cervus elaphus History – using the former land bridge the species arrived in Britain from mainland Europe some 11,000 years ago.  Since Saxon days various laws have sought to restrict the hunting of red deer and thus preserve...

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

The red deer is the fourth-largest deer species behind moose, elk and sambar deer. It is a ruminant, eating its food in two stages and having an even number of toes on each hoof, like camels, goats and cattle. European red deer have a relatively long tail compared to...

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)     Sika are becoming regarded as a pest in areas of conflict since the damage that they cause is serious and the rate of hybridisation with red deer alarming. Hybridisation appears to be most pronounced at the edges of population...