Only ever seen one roe swimming, that was a doe crossing a river. Get red crossing the loch here and doing it at any time of the year.
I think I reported on here last year about a game shoot I was on. A bird was hit and fell into a wood on the edge of a small lake. After the drive I sent my cocker into the wood to retrieve the bird, and a few seconds later a roe doe came haring out of the woods, dived straight into the lake, swam to the other side about 100m away, climbed the bank and disappeared through a hedge.
First and only time I've witnessed a roe swimming.
Oh, and the cocker came back with the bird
O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!
Was fishing late on a spring evening on Grafham water (by 'the Willows' for anyone that knows it) and watched a roe doe swim clean across from the far side and climb out about 20m down the bank from me. Astonishing.
I know what you mean, the place is stuffed with the little sods.
I used to live in an old lock cottage in Surrey and I regularly saw Roe deer swimming across to avoid dogs or people. Admittedly on fairly narrow channels, up to 25/30 metres across. We all know about the Sika on Brownsea Island, that's a fair bit of water to swim across.
I have seen many roe swim the Avon in hants