Lisa G Saw


Petworth Park, West Sussex

Petworth Park is home to nearly a thousand fallow deer and you don't have to go out of your way to see them. I've always found the best spot is to park in the car park at the furthest end of the grounds, north from Petworth House. From here, as soon as you clear the woods and walk over the lip of the hill into the open expanse, you'll see them (most of the time)! The best time of day, especially for photography, is to go first thing in the morning or close to sunset. The light is fabulous then. If you're lucky you'll see the deer rutting (October/November) though you're likely to hear it before you see it. Even the juvenile males play fight. In the summer, if you look carefully, you might be lucky enough to see some fawns, though they're usually either hiding in the tall grass or in the wooded areas on the higher ground (June/July). But, if you go in the summer, it's important to keep your dogs on leads at all times to protect the vulnerable wildlife.

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