- Zoos and Wildlife Parks
- Tours and River Cruises
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Outdoor
South West Deer Rescue
This dedicated non profit centre offers a unique up close experience with 5 different species of wild and semi-wild deer who roam the grounds here. A great many of these gentle and photogenic creatures are not only tame enough for the kids to slowly touch, but some even actively seek your company and will follow you along or nuzzle your arm. A charming treat for wildlife lovers of any age!
The rescue centre is based in over a 100 acres of scenic countryside on the Somerset and Dorset border and is home to Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Axis Deer, Roe Deer, Muntjac and Sika Deer. Some are even known and named individually including Jack and Rebus, their magnificent Red Deer Stags with their huge 29 and 31 point antlers! Amazing!
Your visit to the Deer Rescue Centre is pleasantly concluded with a nature trail overlooking the stunning surrounding countryside with superb views great for family photo backdrops! On a clear day you can see Ham Hill, Chard, Crewkerne, Taunton and the whole area around Chisel Beach from up here!
There is a nature walk to enjoy around the side of the hill with a sneaky hide from which you may - if you're very lucky - see Badgers, Red Foxes, Pheasants, Buzzards, Owls and all sorts of other natural beasties.
They have a strong inclination towards the company of the animals being holistically beneficial and because they are funded solely by the tours donations are vital to them and will be mentioned more than once. Best then to take some pocket change and an open mind, but however you feel about it the experience really is a pleasant one should some of the deer seek you out.
Be sure to dress warmly for the breezy hilltop and wellies are best all round if you've got them!
- Snacks Available
- Parking Available Nearby
Getting There and Contact Information
Dunsham Lane, Wayford, Crewkerne, Somerset and Bristol, TA18 8QN, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Visits must be booked in advance, by phone, online or by email.
Tour prices are by donation but remember this is their only source of income so try not to be stingy!