A Roe buck in friends' garden.
Taken through a glass door, hence the orange reflection which mars the photo.
Roe does in agricultural rape, feeding on the flowers.
A doe grazing in the valley of a small stream surrounded by forest.
The data on deer birth dates and relationships was collected using a capture-mark-recapture programme. The Roe Deer lifecycle is somewhat unusual, in that it includes a period of embryonic diapause, which effectively doubles the period of gestation. They give birth in the spring, the rut takes place in the summer, then there is an embryonic diapause in the autumn, before true gestation takes place in the winter.