Sandy and her fawnsAll roe deer 'rut' over the summer, then after a delayed pregnancy give birth in about the middle of the following May. That makes it far easier to work out ages, as well as easier to know when to look for fawns (babies).
After the fawns are born, they spend the first few weeks hidden away in long grass to avoid predators and stay out of danger, and their mum comes back several times a day to suckle them. Dad spotted this fawn hidden in the south part of the wood on the 31st May:
I have seen this deer a few times in the meadow to the east of the pine marten wood. When I saw him for the first time, I thought it was a female because there were no visible antlers. But if you look closely at the pic below you can see two signs that he's a male: he has small bumps where his antlers will eventually grow through, and he doesn't have a tail tuft:
The Flying Dutchman
But...is there only one female ?Roe deer does are more difficult to tell apart, because they don't have antlers which are the main way to tell apart the males. But are there really six roe deer bucks (with one now died) but only one female ? Could there be more than one doe filmed - and maybe more than one set of fawns ? I hope so !
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