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.


The annual rutting season is underway

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.

Photo of a deer stag at Normanby Hall