Fawning season at Belton
Around June every year, we see the first fawn born among the herd of around 300 fallow deer at Belton.
Fallow deer can be seen across the park throughout the year, but during fawning season, you're more likely to see them at a distance in woodland areas. During this time it's important to take care not to disturb them.
The fawning season is a magical time here, and if you’re lucky enough to witness a fawn being born, we kindly ask you to allow the young to bond with their mother.
If you spot a fawn
Head Ranger, Chris, explains: "Throughout June and July, the does give birth to their fawns. Amazingly, and unlike us humans, fawns are able to stand up within minutes of being born, but they rely on their mothers for food and warmth.
If you see a fawn and mother, stay quiet and give them plenty of space. Please don’t get too close and never touch or move them as there’s a risk that the mother may reject the fawn."
Always try to keep at least 50m away from the deer.
Belton’s deer are a wild herd. It’s dangerous to approach them, especially when does are protecting their young.
If you see a fawn on its own, don’t worry. The Rangers deliberately leave patches of long grass and nettles for the young to hide, while their mothers feed. This protects them from predators.
Please ensure dogs are kept on leads when visiting the park.