Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen portrays the most familiar image of wild deer in Scotland, and the red deer, the subject of that painting, is the predominant species to be found in the Highlands.
The more delicate and graceful roe deer is found mostly in woodlands all across Scotland. In addition, there are a number of localised herds of fallow deer and sika deer, a species introduced in the 19th century which have subsequently established a strong presence in Scotland and are rapidly expanding their territory in some areas.
Sika hybridise with red deer and, to safeguard genetic integrity where possible and to restrict damage, are controlled within the red deer range.
The total number of deer in Scotland is currently estimated at some 750,000.