Fallow deer escaped from Woburn Abbey about 100 years ago. They successfully bred themselves in the wild, in the South East of England. A number of them then took up residency in Haley Wood about a 1.5 mile East from Fuller’s Hill Cottages. The Nature Trust purchased the wood in the late 60’s and the deer lived there and nobody saw them. The Nature Trust then put a deer fence up around the wood in the 70’s to keep the deer out of the wood. Now they live in the small spinneys and coppices in the local area where they stray out onto the farmland and eat the crops. In recent years, with the change of ownership over some farmland, they have been culled mercilessly so that only 20% now remain.
Currently there are about 30 does and 5 stags left in the herd. Recently they have frequented on Fuller’s Hill Farm to take shelter form being shot on neighbouring farmland. They are not shot on Fuller’s Hill Farm other than with a camera, but they are chased off to avoid any crop eating as they do cause a lot of damage.
Fallow Deer are a gentle species that adapt well to farming or ranching operations. History records indicate that they were domesticated as early as the 9th century BC.
They are noted for their quality venison. European chefs tend to rate Fallow Deer venison higher than any other deer because of the finer grain of the meat.
Mating season is in October, with the single fawn being born in the spring.
So….Spring is coming! May we see some baby deer dancing upon the fields at Fuller’s Hill Cottages?
We would be happy to point you in the right direction. To make a booking at Fuller’s Hill Cottages please call Jenny on 07544 208959.