Deer are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Bushy Park is a deer park with herds of wild deer roaming freely.
Recently, the number of owners choosing to walk their dogs in Bushy Park has increased considerably.
Deer can feel threatened by dogs even over long distances and when the dog is not behaving in a provocative manner.
This is particularly during the rutting (September - October) and the birthing (May - July) seasons. We recommend walking your dog outside the park at these times.
This year The Royal Parks has received reports of two incidents in Bushy Park where dogs sustained injuries, one of which was fatal.
If you choose, at your own risk, to walk your dog in the park at these times, it is advisable to keep your dog on a lead and consider an alternative route, such as following the wall line of the park where you are close to exit gates.
If pursued by a deer, let go of the lead. The deer are less likely to charge if the dog runs away from them.
Owners of dogs, who chase wildlife in the parks, including deer, could face criminal prosecution.
Find out more about Dogs in the Royal Parks [PDF 950.16kB].
To report an injury to a dog or a deer, please telephone 0300 061 2250 or email email@example.com