Red Deer Cervus elaphus
- Large mammal with longs legs(standing 120cm excluding the antlers)
- Males have large branching shaped antlers with spikey ends
- Conspicous ears
- Fur is a red-brownish colour all over, adults do not have spots
- Tail is short and a beige colour
- Rump is a white/creamy colour
Red deer have been recorded in Derbyshire in distinct herds in parks.
Other identification clues
During the rut (September to November) males can be heard 'roaring'.
Skulls and antlers
The antlers are lost after the rut and can sometimes be found lying on the ground. They are much larger than those of other Derbyshire deer species.
Red deer droppings are the largest of all the deer species. They are black in colour when fresh and have a cylinder shape with a point at one end and a dimple at the other.
Photos: Debbie Alston, Derek Whiteley