Whilst the deer browse on trees and grass during the summer they really do rely on seeds such as acorns, chestnuts and conkers to build up fat reserves for the winter.
The available food varies from year to year so to ensure the deer are always in optimum health they are given supplementary feed in the winter as well as hay (from Lime Avenue) which also ensures they receive all the essential vitamins and minerals.
If it has been a good year for browse and seeds they come to the feed less readily than a poor year. They also lose interest in the feed earlier in the spring if it's mild and grass starts growing earlier. Likewise if we experience heavy snows and food is less available, the feed is increased to ensure their health and welfare. Depending on the weather, feeding starts middle of November and goes on until March.
Find out more about the deer in Bushy Park.