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Attingham's deer herd and eliminating the bTB infection

Swan on the river at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Swan on the river at Attingham Park | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Attingham’s Deer Park was created in 1798 as part of Thomas, 2nd Lord Berwick’s grand improvements to the mansion and grounds and the deer have had a special place at the heart of Attingham ever since. Following on from Thomas, the deer herd are now carefully managed by the National Trust.

Unfortunately, in 2022 we detected bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in the deer herd at Attingham and are working closely with the Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency and Defra to look after the health of the herd and eliminate the bTB infection.

Bovine tuberculosis is one of the major challenges facing farmers and countryside managers today. This is an infectious disease that is usually found in cattle, but can also affect other livestock and wildlife, including deer. Bovine TB is an issue across the country and particularly in Shropshire.

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We understand that this will be upsetting news for everyone who loves Attingham. Please be assured we are doing all we can to look after the long-term health and welfare of the deer herd. Our aim is to have a bTB free herd and then increase the number of deer again in the future.

We understand you may have questions about this news and have tried to answer as many as possible below.

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Fallow deer in the parkland at Attingham Park, Shropshire


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