This is the time of year when our female deer give birth and although it is very exciting to see babies around the park we always remind our visitors to respect their privacy and keep a safe distance.
If you see a baby deer in the park do not approach it, even if it appears to be on its own. Its mother won’t be too far away and you could be putting the calf and yourself at risk by going too close.
There are a couple of important reasons why mothers and babies should be left alone. Mothers can become aggressive when protecting their young and we would encourage parents to make sure their children are aware of the potential danger so that they don’t approach the young calves.
Another reason for giving the babies plenty of privacy is that their mothers may not return to feed them if they smell human scent near the calf.
Dogs should be kept on a short lead at all times during May, June and July.
Over the coming weeks our staff will be sharing photos of the new arrivals from around the deer park on our social media channels. Make sure you’re following Raby Castle on Facebook, @RabyCastle on Twitter and @RabyCastleOfficial on Instagram and keep checking for the latest posts.
We’ll also be hosting some organised Deer Park Walks led by our expert staff who will be sharing their knowledge and experience with visitors and pointing out some of the newest babies from a safe distance.
If you have any questions about the deer and their young during your visit our staff will be more than happy to help. Just ask one of our team.