From November to May the animals are fed every day at the feeding grounds. The deer park offers a good opportunity for close observation of the deer. You must therefore comply with the following instructions:
• Never bring dogs off the leash as they may frighten or savage the deer.
• Do not touch newborn fawns which have been left for a short while.
• Do not go any closer to the deer than the tracks allow.
February- May: The stags shed their antlers every year. New and bigger antlers grow during spring and summer. The stags fight with each other during this period using their forelegs.
May-July: Most calves are born during this period. Nine out of ten hinds/ does of reproductive age are pregnant. The previous year’s calf is driven out, and the hind/doe leaves the flock to give birth to a new calf in a peaceful spot.
August-September: The stags’ antlers are now fully grown. The protective skin – the velvet which has surrounded the horns until now – loosens, and the stag rubs its antlers against trees and bushes to remove this skin.
September-October: Rutting and mating time for red deer. The oldest stag gathers the hinds, which are mounted as they come into heat. The stags bellow during the rut to impress and warn off the rivals which can sometimes be seen around the herd.
October-November: Rutting period for fallow deer. The biggest and strongest stags appear on the rutting sites, all of which are in the forests. The does are attracted to a rutting site, where they choose a stag. The leader keeps the younger and weaker stags away from the rutting site and emits a bellow which is reminiscent a spasmodic snore or rattle.
You can enter the Deer Park at gate 1 and follow the track round to gate 2. This route offers an opportunity to observe the deer at the feeding grounds, particularly in winter.
In summer, the deer are mostly on the open plain.