Temporary woodland closure
The woodland area at Normanby Hall Country Park has been temporarily closed to the public.
Why has the woodland area closed?
- The annual rutting season is underway in the Deer Park, with the stags challenging each other for dominance. This area is securely fenced
- Unusually, this has attracted the attention of some large, wild Red Deer stags who have been trying to access the Deer Park through the woodland areas to join the rut
- These incoming stags are wild animals and can be unpredictable, especially during the rutting season
- They are the UK’s largest land mammal, usually between 5.5 and 8.5 ft in length and weighing up to 190 kg
- Their behaviour can become erratic and is a threat to public safety. As such we have closed off access to the woodland area in the park whilst they are still in residence.
What happens next?
- We anticipate the wild stags will move on once the rutting season has concluded
- We are monitoring the situation daily to determine when we can safely reopen these areas
- Please check the Normanby Hall website and Facebook for the latest information.
Thank you for your understanding.