Greenwich Park’s deer have moved to Richmond Park
Greenwich Park’s deer have now settled brilliantly in to their new home at Richmond Park. The deer were released close to Pen Ponds in Richmond Park so that they had a safe area to find their feet on the first night. It took a few days for the deer to find the main groups of deer within the park, but we’re delighted to see that they’ve settled in nicely with the existing herds, and are integrating well. The deer were monitored extremely closely at the beginning by our wildlife officers, especially immediately after their arrival as the deer were not used to the surroundings, but they are now very comfortable in their new environment.
The photos below were taken by our wildlife officers, through binoculars.
Greenwich Park’s herd of fallow and red deer have been relocated to Richmond Park to ensure they are not disturbed while works to improve the deer’s habitat and create community facilities take place.
The Greenwich Park team has worked closely with a specialist deer vet from the British Deer Society who is highly experienced in deer relocation, holding the required legal authority for this skilled work issued by Natural England. The welfare of the deer was paramount at every stage.
The current herd will now remain in Richmond Park. This will diversify the herd’s bloodline, widening the gene pool so that future offspring are healthy and resilient, and will avoid the need for the deer to undertake a return journey. In two years’ time, a new herd will be introduced to Greenwich Park.
The adult deer and their offspring have been moved to Richmond Park. At first, the deer are expected to ‘keep themselves to themselves’ while they settle into their new environment. But, once they are ready to explore and meet their new companions, the deer will begin to integrate with the existing herds.
The move comes ahead of the renovation of existing buildings and the construction of a purpose-built learning centre scheduled to take place in Greenwich Park’s Vanbrugh Yard and The Wilderness. Building work starting in 2022 will deliver a new café, volunteer hub, new accessible toilets, community space and learning centre.
These new facilities are being developed for locals as part of Greenwich Park Revealed - an £8 million, four-year investment to reveal, protect, restore and share the park’s heritage and natural environment, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Work will be carried out to enhance the natural environment in the deer park providing a rich biodiverse natural environment ready for the deer to enjoy on their return.