Fallow Deer

Dama dama

About Fallow Deer

The fallow deer is native to Europe and was introduced to Britain by the Normans. There are more colour variations than any other deer species. The deer usually shed their antlers in May, growing soft new velvet ones that harden by late September, ready for the rutting season. The young deer (fawns) are usually born in June and July and are ‘parked’ safely hidden from sight of predators and away from the rest of the herd. Mothers will check on their fawns and feed them when there is no sign of being spotted by a predator.

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Fallow deer are native to Britain

Babies are called fawns and are born after 8-9 months

A new set of antlers is grown each year


Fallow deer are herbivores and the majority of their diet is grass but they will browse from trees and other plants.

Fallow deer can be found in several European countries. They are now native to Britain but were introduced by the Normans.


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