Nature Profiles

Other British wildlife



Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)

young fawn, Bentley Wood, Wiltshire

It is hard to imagine that Britain's commonest deer was virtually extinct on our shores two hundred years ago.  Nowadays it is the deer you are most likely to see in woodland anywhere in Britain.  Unlike the more spectacular Red Deer, the Roe Deer is a solitary species, and does not form herds.

I came across this fawn while searching for butterflies in an ancient oak woodland.  Typical of deer fawns, they stay absolutely still, relying on camouflage to avoid detection when left on their own by their mother. Once I noticed the deer, I retreated to a respectful distance before taking this photo.




Great Black Slug (Arion ater)



Monks Dale NNR, Derbyshire

Common across Britain, this large slug is an impressive animal when extended to its full length of around 15 cm.  Although commonly black, you can also find brown, red, orange and grey forms of this species.



Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

Martin Down NNR, Dorset

This common species is Britain's largest native snail.  It inhabits a variety of habitats, and can be seen throughout most of the country.