Roe deer, one-year-old

scientific name: Capreolus capreolus
A roe deer yearling
Photo: UPB-Projektgruppe Trier

The roe deer is the most common of the larger herbivores (first order-consumer) to be found in the wild in Europe.

Its suitability as a specimen type for the Environmental Specimen Bank in nearly natural, forestry and agrarian ecosystems derives from its well-researched function as a bioindicator, with adequately dense, site-bound populations and a pronounced ability to adapt to different conditions. The target organ is the liver.

Sampling takes place between mid-May and mid-June (10-15 yearlings).

For more information about the specimen, the sampling and the processing of samples see the Guideline for Sampling and Sample Processing Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus).

Target organs/Matrices

  • Liver
    As the main reloading point of the substances within the body, most substances are best traceable in the liver. The liver is located in the abdomen of the roe deer which is usually not hurt by the shot.

Sampling area


Sampling period

1989 - 2022

Biometric parameters

Extended information

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