Helping wildlife at home this June
The RSPB’s wildlife gardening expert, Adrian Thomas, has answers to some of the hot topics this month. Find out why variety and choice is vital for birds who don’t lay eggs in nestboxes, which plants are best for butterflies, and how to turn your bee or bug hotel into five-star accommodation.
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Common Buzzard (UK)

The common buzzard is a medium-to-large bird of prey whose range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia.

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Fallow Deer

The male fallow deer is known as a buck, the female is a doe, and the young a fawn. They were first brought to Britain from the western Mediterranean during the Roman period, when they were kept within enclosures known as ‘vivaria’.

Variation in Colour

Much variation occurs in the coat colour of the species, with four main variants: common, menil, melanistic, and leucistic. They prefer to graze grasses although they will take trees and dwarf shrub shoots in autumn and winter.

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Only bucks have antlers, which are broad and shovel-shaped (palmate) from three years. In the first two years, the antler is a single spike. Groups of adult males and females, usually with young, remain apart for most of the year in large woodlands, only coming together to breed.

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Muntjac

It is anticipated that muntjac may soon become the most numerous species of deer in England and may have also crossed the border into Scotland with a couple of specimens even appearing in Northern Ireland in 2009; they have been spotted in the Republic of Ireland in 2010, almost certainly having reached there with some human assistance.

Muntjac

Known as the Barking Deer

Muntjac have expanded very rapidly, and are now present in most English counties and have also expanded their range into Wales. The British Deer Society coordinated a survey of wild deer in the UK between 2005 and 2007, and they reported that muntjac deer had noticeably expanded their range since the previous census in 2000.

Muntjac

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Muntjacs, also known as barking deer and Mastreani deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjacs are thought to have begun appearing 15–35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France, Germany and Poland. Muntjac are of great interest in evolutionary studies because of their dramatic chromosome variations and the recent discovery of several new species.

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