The roe deer is the smallest native British deer. Its coat varies from dark grey-brown in winter to reddish in summer, but always shows a cream rump patch and insignificant tail. The antlers of the male are small.
It was close to extinction some 300 years ago and still localised a century ago. Helped by re-introductions, it has steadily expanded its range since the 1960s.
If you are quiet, patient, slow moving and observant, our wild woods and hill offer some exciting sightings, and lots of interest.
Our northern slopes of Ruberslaw have remained “unimproved” in agricultural terms, making them rather special for the semi-naturally graded vegetation. Also special is the excellent hawthorn-dominated natural scrub regeneration. Whin or gorse is widespread, and may well also link back to medieval usage in field delineation, thatching, and as a winter fodder when crushed. We have a policy to preserve this vegetation cover as an asset.
Roe Deer are often seen around the wild woods camping sites and the neighbouring fields, so if you're lucky you might spot some!
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