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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. The park has seasonal activity that happens throughout the year, such as deer rutting (September – November) and calving (May – July). There are also times of the year when invertebrates may sting or bite in open spaces, such as wasps, ticks and horse-flies, particularly during the spring/summer, and the park can be subject to wet or icy conditions, particularly during changeable seasons.

Our safety tips to help you enjoy the park safely:

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Wildlife safety:

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.

Deer rutting occurs between September and November, while calving is between May and July.

For the safety of the deer & other wildlife, we recommend visitors to:

  • Remain close to paths and avoid long grassy areas and close to the perimeter of the golf course
  • Keep a safe distance from the deer
  • Keep dogs on leads throughout the park
  • Consider walking your dog elsewhere
  • Owners of dogs worrying the deer may receive a fine of up to £1,000
Find out more about deer in calving season
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General safety guidance

  • Keep dogs on leads throughout the park in zoned areas
  • Take litter home where possible
  • BBQs & fires are not permitted in the park, as they pose a danger to the wild deer and other wildlife
  • No swimming or fishing in the lake
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Tick awareness:

Ticks live in long grasses, shrubs and on wild animals. They often bite, and this can irritate the skin and may transmit diseases, including Lymes disease.

  • Walk on clearly defined paths, avoid areas of long grass and do not approach the deer
  • Wear suitable clothing
  • Use suitable insect repellent
  • Check yourself when you get home, and seek medical assistance if you suspect you have a tick bite
  • For information and guidance on ticks, please see information from Public Health England
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Drone policy

We do not allow drone flying at any time over Wollaton Hall and Deer Park except by contractors commissioned by Nottingham City Council for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

All ways we can enjoy Wollaton park safely

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