The deer in Richmond Park and Bushy Park are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Our parks are nature reserves and the herds of wild deer roam freely. For your safety, please keep 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.
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Sometimes the deer may be injured and some are even killed during the fights for supremacy. There are 2 culls in Richmond Park – the males in February and the females in November. In Bushy Park , however, the male cull takes place in September and the female cull in November.
Don’t take risks with rutting deer , The Royal Parks warns visitors. The Royal Parks is urging visitors to Bushy and Richmond Parks to be extra vigilant and keep a minimum distance of 50 metres away during the annual deer rut.
Red and fallow deer in Richmond Park and the nearby Bushy Park are killed twice a year – alternating between males and females – to preserve the health of the herd as a whole. “As a result of the cull , the meat is sold to licensed game dealers and all the money is reinvested into caring for our herds.
Richmond Park is open to vehicles from 7:00 am in the summer and 7:30 am in the winter. Vehicle gates close at dusk all year round. Pedestrian gates are open 24 hours except during the deer cull in November and February. During these months, pedestrian gates open at 7:30 am and close at 8:00 pm.
Grass snakes are present in the park and, although a population estimate has not been conducted, juveniles are seen regularly and they therefore breed well. Like all reptiles they are ‘cold blooded’ which means they cannot regulate their own body temperature.
Parking is free of charge.
Dogs are welcome in all the Royal Parks although there are some places where they are not allowed or should be kept on a lead . In Bushy Park and Richmond Park you should keep your dogs away from the deer. The Royal Parks are for everyone to enjoy.
approximately 2 – 2.5 hours
Richmond Park It measures 2,500 acres – three times the size of Central Park , five times bigger than Monaco.
Richmond Park – Remember that the deers are always on the move so this will be where i generally see them on a regular basis. For me I tend to walk via Richmond Gate down Sawyers Hill. Walk along here and generally on your left on the way to Jubilee Plantation you’ll see the heard of deers in the mid-late afternoon.
Wildlife Deer in Richmond Park. Richmond Park, originally a deer -hunting park, still has 300 Red Deer and 350 fallow deer . Birds. Bats in Richmond Park. Fungi. Grasses and wildflowers. Invertebrates . Mammals . Stag Beetles .