Likely to have been introduced by the Normans, but their introduction could date back as far as Roman times. Fallow deer were prized as ornamental species and were protected in Royal Hunting "Forests" for royal sport. During Mediaeval times many deer parks that held fallow deer were established and these and more recent park escapees have given rise to the free-living populations in Britain today.
Where to See Fallow Deer:
Ashton Court, near Bristol. A fine country mansion in 850 acres of woodland and pasture, part of which is easily accessible deer park. Species to see: Red and Fallow deer. Positioned two miles to the west of the city centre, and accessible from the A 369 Clanage Road through Clifton Lodge, or off the A369 at Abbotts Leigh, or from the B3128 near Long Ashton and about half a mile from the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge.
Open all year, free to the public.
Dyrham Park, near Chippenham, Wiltshire. Spectacular late 17th-century mansion and deer park.