The elegant yet extremely social fallow deer with its signature speckled coat and robust palmate antlers. Introduced into Britain by the Normans over 1,000 years ago, fallow deer have successfully lived within our British woodlands for centuries.
Fallow deer being the sole species living wild in the UK who grow palmate antlers. This makes them distinctive from all their counterpart species, who have standard spiked rack and tines.
Latin name: Dama dama, exist in four colour variations which are all found in the same hunting area: common, menial, black and white. White fallows are extremely visible, ensure easy markers within the fallow deer’s ranges, however, will alert the watchful eyes of poachers being more visible than the natural speckled camouflage of its siblings.
Referred to for being the “countryside vandals” because of the amount of browsing damage fallow cause in areas, shared with other native species. Since fallow deer are much larger than other deer species in the UK, fallow deer eat more vegetation, known for eating arable crops, plantations, including woodland ground cover.
Fallow deer cause extreme damage due to the fact they travel in large family herds overgrazing specific areas in a brief time before moving. Landing themselves in hot water with farmers and foresters alike, leading to unsustainable culling in localised areas. Fallow deer learn quickly, rapidly become elusive. Therefore, a structured methodical approach should always apply, when culling herds of fallow deer, the steady approach to fallow deer cull management works best, otherwise fallow deer will associate daylight hours with danger time!