Wildlife in my local patch

Hampshire UK

White Fallow Deer?

At this time of year when there is no bracken, it’s easier to spot the many deer in the wood. Recently we’ve noticed a white deer in amongst the herd of fallow deer that we regularly see. There are quite distinct variations in the colour of the herd anyway.

The main buck fallow that we see is currently a magnificent pale chestnut with spots, most of the does are dark brown, almost black and the others are pale brown, beige. Very few are showing the white spots.  It is not an albino as I first thought but “leucistic”. With everything being so “muddy” brown at the moment a white deer stands out quite dramatically.

I’m trying to capture it on camera but haven’t managed it yet. We are still occasionally seeing the white one along with 15 different herd members (3 of which are bucks).

Author: Jackson

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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