Sika Deer, Cervus nippon


Short description of Cervus nippon, Sika Deer

Sika deer are similar to red deer but smaller. Sika deer are mainly reddish- or yellowish-brown, with a dark dorsal stripe (in summer surrounded by white spotting). There is a large, white, heart-shaped patch, edged with black, on the rear end and a thin, dark line down the white tail.

Description of Cervus nippon, Sika Deer status in GB

Sika deer are widespread and their distribution is expanding in Scotland.  There are a few well-separated areas across England where sika are common but they are currently absent from Wales. The GB population was estimated to have increased to 26,600 by 2004.

Habitat summary: Cervus nippon, Sika Deer

Sika deer occupy a broad range of habitats in GB, including mature broad-leaved woodland, heathland and bog, marshland, saltmarsh and offshore islands.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Primorye
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Waddesden Park
Date of first record: 1874

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant, Piero Genovesi and Rory Putman

Last updated:

September 23rd 2016

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