A male roe deer fawn looks alert

Roe deer

Roe deer are one of Britain's native deer species and have become the most widespread. They became largely extinct in the 1700s and were only later reintroduced. Before 1960 they were treated as vermin owing to the damage they cause to the forestry industry. Unlike other deer, they do not live in herds, but are most often seen as solitary individuals or as a family group of a mother and her offspring. Does gives birth to one to three fawns in May or June. Bambi the deer, from the children's books by Felix Salten, was a roe deer.

Scientific name: Capreolus capreolus

Rank: Species

Common names:

Western roe deer

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Map showing the distribution of the Roe deer taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Roe deer can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Roe deer distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Increasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Characters we've followed

  • The Kingcombe Roe Deer The Kingcombe Roe Deer

    In 2010 Springwatch followed Simon King and his team as they visited a family of roe deer in a quiet corner of Kingcombe meadows.

BBC News about Roe deer

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