Customer notice: It is calving season at Wollaton Park (May – July). Keep a wide berth from deer and avoid hot spot areas.

Deer in rutting season







Wollaton Park is a large park home to a variety of wildlife, including two herds of wild deer, 90 Red and 120 Fallow, as well as other wildlife.

Rutting season happens to the deer between September and November

It is a very sensitive time for our two species of resident fallow and red deer, especially for the males as they demonstrate changes in behavior and may act more protectively and aggressively.

It is because of this unpredictable behaviour we give the following advice to all visitors, for the protection of the deer, visitors but also your dog:


Advice to Dog Walkers

• Remain close to paths, avoid long grassy areas and being close to the perimeter of the golf course
• Keep a safe distance from the deer (50 metres)
• Keep dogs on leads throughout the park
• Consider walking your dog elsewhere
• If a deer charges towards you, let your dog off the lead so it can run away
• Owners of dogs worrying the deer may receive a fine of up to £1,000


Advice to All Visitors

• Remain close to paths and avoid long grassy areas
• Keep a safe distance from the deer (50 metres)
• Do not touch or approach deer

Guidance in the park

We have a number of signs throughout the park indicating guidance at notable areas to visitors & dog walkers.

We encourage all visitors to keep an eye out in notable areas with these signs, though also to be mindful of the guidance generally throughout the entire park, as wild deer roam freely throughout Wollaton Park.

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