Sunday, 17 February 2013

First one to blink ...

Roe Deer

The roe deer, Capreolus capreolus, is primarily an animal of open mixed, coniferous or purely deciduous woodland but is also capable of adjusting to a wide range of other environments. It has also penetrated many towns, making use of gardens, parks and other open spaces where suitable food and cover exist. It may often be seen well out into open farmland, particularly when occurring at high densities.

Roe deer are indigenous to Britain, having been present since at least the Mesolithic period (6,000 to 10,000 bp). The clearance of forests and over-exploitation by hunting led to roe deer becoming extremely scarce in the medieval period. By 1700 it was considered extinct in southern and central England and all of Wales, surviving only in remnant woodlands in parts of the central and northwest Highlands of Scotland. A number of reintroductions during the Victorian era, and their subsequent natural spread aided by an increase in woodland and forest planting in the 20th century, has meant that roe deer have become widespread and abundant today.

A roe doe listens and watches ...

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