Several species of deer, especially roe and muntjac, can visit gardens and feed on a wide range of plants. They will strip flowers and foliage and can damage tree bark.

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Fallow deer. Image: RHS, Horticultural Science

Quick facts

Common name Deer
Scientific name Various
Plants affected Many ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables
Main symptoms Leaves, shoot tips and flowers eaten, tree bark eaten or abraded
Most active Year round

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