The Deer in Wollaton Park


Wollaton Park is home to two herds of deer:  Red Deer and Fallow Deer.

Fallow deer are medium-sized deer with distinctive spotted coats, which can range from light brown to dark chocolate. Fallow deer typically live in herds mainly in conservation areas where they are not disturbed.  Red deer are larger than fallow deer and have reddish-brown fur.  Both fallow deer and red deer are herbivores, feeding on a variety of plant matter including grasses, leaves, and shrubs.

The park is their home.  Please do not approach or feed the deer, as this can affect their well-being as well as your safety.   A safe viewing distance of 50m is recommended.

Want to know more about our deer?  Perhaps speak to one of the volunteer rangers, often seen wearing green bibs, viewing the deer from a safe distance.

Alternatively, visit the British Deer Society website.

Sign: Keep 50m from deer

Deer can struggle with new foods as it can actually take their stomachs some time to adapt.  Regular feeding can also cause deer to become unnaturally dependent on humans for food. This can lead to deer becoming a nuisance in some cases with reports of them developing aggressive behaviour.

The Britsh Deer Society recommends that all deer, no matter how tame they may appear, should not be approached closely, nor should they be fed by hand or encouraged to eat any material that is not part of their natural diet.

Quote from the British Deer Society

Deer Lifecycle

  • Antler growth and shedding: In the spring, male deer shed their antlers from the previous year. These antlers are made of bone and are covered in velvet, which is a soft, sensitive tissue. The velvet helps to nourish the antlers as they grow. In the summer, the antlers harden and the velvet falls off.
  • The Rut: The rut season for deer typically occurs in autumn. During this time, stags will spar with each other to establish dominance. The dominant stags will then mate with as many females as possible.
  • Gestation: Female deer are pregnant for about 8 months. They give birth from mid-May to mid-July.
  • Fawn rearing: Calves are born with their eyes open and can walk within hours of being born. The mother deer will hide her calves in the long grass while she goes foraging for food. She will return to nurse her calves several times a day.
  • Maturity: Stags reach sexual maturity at about years old. However, they typically do not mate until they are 5 years old. Hinds usually give birth to their first calf between 2-4 years old.
  • Adult deer: In the park, adult deer live for about 10-12 years. exceptionally up to 20 years.

Latest News About the Deer in Wollaton Park

  • Deer Incident - There are reports in the National Press of a Deer attacking a member of the public.
  • Leave Wollaton Park Deer Alone - A concerned Nottinghamshire Live reader has voiced fears about people getting too close to deer at Wollaton Park.
  • Deer Wellbeing - Nottingham Post reported there are plans to fine people who get too close to the deer.  However a follow-up report…
  • Walker injured by Stag - A stag has been put down after a walker was taken to hospital following an incident in a park in…
  • Litter – A Deer Issue - Litter warning after Wollaton Park deer filmed chewing wet wipe.
  • Deer Selfies - Warnings over taking Selfies with the Deer in the park

Frequently Asked Questions About the Deer

The deer are herbivores and graze naturally throughout the woodlands and grasslands in the park.In winter, their food is supplemented with mangles.

In March or April each year, the male deer shed their antlers.

While it may be tempting to get close to the deer, it is important to remember that they are wild animals and can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous.

It is recommended to observe them from a distance of 50m and not to feed them.

Sign: Deer Safety

  • Female Red Deer are known as Hinds, the males as Stags and the young as calves.
  • Female Fallow Deer are known as Does, the males as Bucks and the young as fawns.

Sorry to disappoint our younger visitors at Christmas time, but there are no Reindeer.

The deers are a great sight and make excellent photos.

It is important that you take your photos from a distance of over 50m, to protect both the deer and yourself from accidental harm.

Sign: Deer Safety

The breeding season or rut is typically from late September until November.

Deer Safety Poster

The deer roam the park and could be anywhere!

Deer safety Poster

Photographs on this web page were taken in Wollaton Park and are reproduced with the original artist’s permission.  Copyright © for each picture remains with the original artist, who is duly acknowledged for their contribution.

On this page:  Paul Cheetham, Adam McKillop.