Deer of Great Britain

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There are six types of deer living wild in Great Britain:[1] the Scottish red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, sika deer, Reeves's muntjac, and the Chinese water deer.[2] Of those, Scottish red and roe deer are native and have lived in the isles throughout the Holocene. Fallow deer have been reintroduced twice, by the Romans and the Normans, after it died out in the last ice age. The other three are escaped or released alien species.

Native deer species[edit]

Non-native introduced species[edit]

Reintroduced species[edit]

Extinct species[edit]

Taxonomy[edit]

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Mammalia

Subclass: Eutheria

Order: Artiodactyla

Suborder: Pecora

Family: Cervidae

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, M.D. Distribution of British Deer. British Naturalist.
  2. ^ The Deer Initiative — Species