Went for a stroll around Dunham yesterday but this time minus grandson Seb. It was a pleasure to do a circuit of the park and in particular see the herd of deer just being fed by one of the rangers. There must have been around sixty or so animals in the vicinity but the ranger said there was about a further fifty in other parts of the park.
He informed us that the deer were very healthy and somewhat “fat” as they had gorged on the abundance of acorns produced this year. Indeed, they were considering cutting back the food for the deer to get them into better condition. Many of the females were pregnant and looked very healthy.
Many of the older deer were not disturbed by human presence whereas the younger ones galloped away as we approached. The older deer will often feed from peoples hands in the park although this is not recommended by the National Trust, owners of the park.
I was able to get fairly close to the deer and take some photographs, some of which are featured below. If you are in the area take some time to visit the park, it is well worthwhile.
Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2018