British wildlife recordings
Cervus nippon : Sika Deer - Cervidae
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Wareham, Dorset: OS Grid Reference(392500,87500)
Sika Deer, Cervus nippon
This an example of a male sika deer calling, recorded at Wareham, in Dorset. Sika deer were introduced to the UK from Asia during the mid 19th century. Initially confined to parks, individuals managed to escape over the years so that there are now established populations within the British countryside. Often confused with fallow deer, this species possesses a much richer coat spotted with white during the summer months. Hinds use short sharp whistles to call to their calves while males produce a range of vocalisations from loud whistles to unearthly screeches during the mating season.