The largest land mammal in Britain has adapted to life on the open hills, due to the loss of woodland, its preferred habitat, over the centuries.

With few natural predators, deer numbers have expanded significantly, and the animals may struggle to find food and risk starvation. For this reason, deer populations are carefully controlled.

Like the red deer, roe deer are a native species, driven to near-extinction in the 18th century, except in the North West Highlands where populations held on. The buck is reddish in colour in summer, greyish-brown in winter, flecked with yellow and has shorter antlers than the red deer.

The annual deer rut, in the autumn, can be a spectacular sight - tours are organised from The  Lodge near Aberfoyle

For more about Red and Roe deer please visit..

  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Website
  • The Forestry Commission Website (Red deer) (Roe deer)
  • The BDS Website (Red deer) (Roe Deer)