Read about the life and work of the Attingham Wardens

Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Feeding the deer

One of the favourite parts of my job is caring for our herd of fallow deer. This comes to the forefront in the period from the end of the rut (late October/early November) through to March/April, when we feed the herd every day. This is to help them through the cold winter months when the grass in the park is of a poorer quality. In the wild, deer can search for food over a much wider area than in an enclosed park, so we supplement their diet with deer nuts, roots (such as carrots and fodder beet) and hay.

The deer are quite used to our vehicles and soon come trotting over when we bring the food in, so it's a good opportunity to observe them and check their appearance for health. During the local school holidays and at weekends, we feed at 2pm near the deer park walk so that members of the public can watch the deer feeding. This usually proves pretty popular and is a fantastic opportunity for photographers looking for a close up shot.

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