There is evidence of people living in the Parkland as far back as the Stone Age but the appearance of the Parkland as we see it today is very much down to the ideas of landscape architect Humphrey Repton (1752-1818).
A deer park since 1290, it is home to herds of Red and Fallow deer which roam freely in the ancient Parkland. Rare breed Hebridean and Soay sheep are also a proud feature of the estate and every season brings a rich variety of birds and wildlife.
With 1,000 acres of deer park for the public to enjoy as well as woodland areas and meres the Parkland is a fascinating landscape to explore. Visitors are welcome to walk, cycle, picnic and play in the park for free. There are lots of great trails that provide wonderful walks, amazing viewpoints and idyllic picnic spots. View visitor activities.
Meet the Ranger Team
The Ranger team are responsible for looking after the entire Parkland and its livestock. This includes the Red and Fallow deer, two flocks of rare breed sheep, about 50 hectares of water and 161 hectares of woodland, including managing the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and RAMSAR (an intergovernmental convention for the conservation of wetlands) sites.
The Rangers are passionate about the Parkland and they run lots of initiatives throughout the year to share their knowledge and passion. They manage an active volunteer group, run work experience schemes and offer local businesses the chance to get 'hands on' supporting local conservation. The Rangers can often be seen taking people on wildlife and nature walks, exploring areas of the Parkland which are not normally open to the public and looking at a diverse range of wildlife - everything from bats to fungi! Visit our events listings for more information and to book.
Ranger Emergency Contact no. 07768 154884
Things to remember during your visit to the Parkland
- Dogs are welcome in the Parkland, under close control. Please see dog walkers guidelines.
- Be aware of Ticks Please read our helpful tips on Ticks.
- Deer rutting takes place in October/November Please remember to keep your distance during this period when deer can act aggressively.
- Blue green algae has been detected in the meres. Please avoid any areas of the water where you spot algae and remember animals can be also be affected, so please ensure dogs do not access the water.
Become a Volunteer
The work undertaken by our volunteers is invaluable to the conservation of the Parkland and it is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people. For further information on volunteering please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01625 374414.