Deer in Britain

The British Isles are home to six species of deer living in the wild: Red, Roe, Fallow, Sika, Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer.

Only Red and Roe are truly native to Britain. Red deer migrated into Britain from Europe
around 11,000 years ago and Roe deer have been present since the Mesolithic period.

Although technically non-native, Fallow deer are often considered semi-native, as they were present in Britain before the ice age and reintroduced back to Britain during Norman times.

Sika, Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer are all non-native species and were introduced into Britain in the 1800s from the Far East to feature as ornamental species in deer parks such as Woburn Abbey.