Richmond park is good for: riding bikes and the Richmond Park deer. The red and fallow deer are rather tame and roam freely within much of the park. In total 630 Red and Fallow deer live there since 1637.
Why do they cull deer in Richmond Park?
The cull is necessary in order to maintain the number of deer in the park and prevent overgrazing which would ultimately result in starvation. It is also the reason why Royal Parks’ herds are in excellent condition. The effectiveness of these deer culls has been debated and often criticized as only a temporary fix to the larger problem of deer overpopulation and argue that the use of culling will increase fertility of remaining deer by reducing competition.
Can you feed the deer?
For safety reason its advisable to stay at least 50 metres away from the deer at all times and don’t touch, feed or attempt to photograph the deer at close range. But then again the park is full of photographers chasing them. Just because deer will eat food provided by humans does not mean it is good for them. In most cases, supplemental feeding does not reduce deer losses during winter and in some cases can actually increase losses.
Who owns the deer?
Most UK public parks are owned by local authorities, although London’s royal parks – such as Hyde Park and Richmond Park – are owned by the Crown and run by a government agency called the Royal Parks.
What type of deer are in Richmond Park?
Today, about 600 deer live in a park: about 400 spotted and over 200 red deer. Now hunting is prohibited in the park, so deer are not afraid of people at all and they can often be seen walking in small groups.
What is the best time for deer watching in Richmond Park?
During autumn the deer engage in rutting: red stags and fallow bucks compete for females. Sometimes they are very aggressive: the large males roar, bark, and clash antlers in a spectacular way attempting to fight off rivals and attract many females.
Find another Photo of a stag here.