Fawning season

Fawns at Dyrham Park in fawning season in the summer

Around June every year, we see the first fawn born among the herd of 200 fallow deer.

Fawning season is a magical time at Dyrham Park. If you are lucky enough to witness a fawn being born, it's important to steer clear and allow it to bond with its mother.

Our 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 the bushes and woodland areas. It's important to give them space.

If you spot a fawn

Outdoors Officer Beth Weston explains: "Throughout June and July, the Fallow does (female deer) give birth to their fawns.  Amazingly, and unlike us humans, fawns are able to stand up within minutes of being born. They rely on their mothers for food and warmth.

"If you see a fawn and mother, stay quiet and give them plenty of space so as not to distress the mother.  Please do not get too close or there is a risk that the mother may reject the fawn."
Remember - they are wild animals!
A couple of years ago, our ranger had to rescue a fawn which had been rejected by its mother after a family petted it minutes after it had been born. The fawn was taken to a rescue centre, where it was hand reared and did survive, but it could've been a different story altogether.
Beth added: "Do not worry if you see a fawn on its own. In order to produce enough milk to sustain a healthy, strong fawn, the mother spends time  grazing.  While she feeds, she leaves her fawn alone in the long grass or hiding in patches of nettles, which the rangers leave growing for this purpose."