The Deer Herd
deer herd today roams through approximately 500 acres (200
hectares) of parkland. It dates from Norman times although several
references are made to deer in this area during the time of Roman
The herd, originally exclusively fallow, is of
excellent genetic quality with heads to rival any in the British
In the last 15 years firstly Red
deer and then
Pere David deer have been introduced and thrive in the park.
The Pere David are an endangered species and in the park they are
part of a breeding programme under way in conjunction with
Whipsnade Safari Park.
The herd at the present time consists of approx 300 fallow
deer, 64 red and 34 Pere David.
Park staff manage the deer herd. Culling primarily controls
the numbers, the venison is then sold
directly to the public.