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Sika Deer ♀︎ | by Linda Martin Photography
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Sika Deer ♀︎

(Cervus nippon) Sika are a non-native species in the UK, originating from the Far East where some 13 different races are recognised, many of them endangered in their native countries.


Most sika in Britain are Japanese in origin and were brought first to Ireland in about 1860, to Powerscourt, and thence to a variety of places in England and Scotland. Some were released deliberately, eg. in Kintyre, the New Forest, Dorset and Bowland forest. The deer at Bowland are thought to have been Manchurian sika. Others escaped from parks, especially during the two World Wars, and established feral populations.

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Taken on October 10, 2018