|Fawns Due In Richmond Park|
Advice for dog walkers during deer birthing season
Dog walkers in Richmond and Bushy Parks are being urged to take extra care during the deer birthing season (May-July). The newborn deer are often hidden by their mothers in bracken or long grass. Female deer are very protective of their young and can act defensively if disturbed.
All park users are advised to keep at least 50m away from deer, never get in between two deer and never feed or photograph the deer at close range.
At this time of year, dog walkers are advised to stay away from the parks. If using the parks they should:
• keep their dogs on a lead at all times;
Deer have roamed freely in the Royal Parks since 1529 when the parks were Royal hunting grounds. Grazing by red and fallow deer shapes the landscape of the parks and helps to maintain grasslands. Deer grazing also prevents tree seedlings from growing, keeping the grassland open.
More information about dogs and deer in the Royal Parks can be found on the Royal Parks website.