The red deer is the UK’s largest deer. Males have large, branching antlers, increasing in size as they get older. During the autumnal breeding season, known as the ‘rut, males bellow to proclaim their territory and will fight over the females, sometimes injuring each other with their sharp antlers. A single calf is usually born the following spring. Red deer live on moorland and mountainsides, as well as grasslands near to woodland. They can be seen in deer parks throughout the country.
Red deer mainly eat grasses, sedges, rushes and dwarf shrubs like Heather.
The summer coat of red deer is typically a reddish brown. White spots are extremely rare on adults and limited to the area around the spine. Although red deer sometimes have a dorsal stripe, it is usually restricted to the neck and hip regions, and is rarely continuous