British wildlife recordings

Cervus nippon : Sika Deer - Cervidae

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    W1CDR0001426 BD2

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  • Recording locations

    Wareham, Dorset: OS Grid Reference(392500,87500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Sika Deer, Cervus nippon

  • Description

    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.

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