Deer Richmond Park

Richmond Park is one of London’s most beautiful green spaces, and the largest and wildest of the city’s eight Royal Parks. A place of mature woodland, rolling meadows and thick shrub and ferns, it is one of my favourite spots away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Richmond park deer at sunrise
Richmond park deer at sunrise – Photo by Richard Fisher

The park was originally created in 1625 by King Charles I as a place to hunt deer. Today, up to 600 red and fallow deer remain in residence. These noble custodians roam freely within the expansive parkland, providing a unique wildlife experience for visitors to the park.

deer lazing in Richmond Park
Deer lazing in Richmond Park – Photo by Darren Johnson
Stag in Richmond Park
Stag in Richmond Park – Photo by epcp

Living close to Richmond Park, I have spent many a day strolling its woods and meadows, escaping for just a short while from city life and being transported to an altogether more serene place.

Indeed, it has become one of my favourite places in the city for quiet contemplation. The park’s deer, always elusively distant – owing to their shy and easily startled nature – but reassuringly present, offer a small glimpse of the wild in a city where wildlife can be hard to come by.

Deer in sunrise frost
Deer in sunrise frost – Photo by Richard Fisher

The Red Deer of Richmond Park have become a major attraction for local and visiting photographers, offering the opportunity to capture some of the UK’s most majestic wild animals, right on the doorstep of central London.

Richmond Park deer in the snow
Richmond Park deer in the snow

Open from 7.00 in the morning during the summer and 7.30 during the winter, an early-morning visit to the park is a must for wildlife lovers and aspiring photographers.

On a clear day, central London rises in the distance beyond the park, providing a stunning backdrop to the natural scenery and roaming wildlife.

deer in the trees
Deer in the trees – Photo by Darren Johnson

If you’re thinking of trying to photograph these magnificent creatures at Richmond Park, be aware of the deer’s shy nature, but also their physical prowess – these beasts are not suitable for capturing up close and personal on your iPhone.

The best way to photograph the deer is with a zoom lens, at a distance of at least 50m. Respecting the habitat of the deer by keeping dogs on leads, and taking any litter home with you is also essential to helping maintain this treasured park in its current state.

morning mist Richmond Park
morning mist Richmond Park – Photo by Richard Fisher

Richmond Park remains a stunning destination, and really does provide one of the finest places to spot and photograph deer.

With the right equipment and a bit of patience you can remain a safe distance away from these magnificent animals, and catch a glimpse of some of the grandest wildlife the UK has to offer, in one of its most impressive parks.

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  1. Avatar of Sarah Blinco Sarah Blinco says:

    lovely post on a beautiful spot!

  2. Avatar of Vanessa Morriss (@softmutt) Vanessa Morriss (@softmutt) says:

    Born & bred 1 mile from the Park. Kept my horses there & rode in there at least once a day. Loved it. Gave up due to the following:
    Sadly now it has been taken over by the lycra brigade who ignore everyone, runners, kite flyers & keep fit fanatics.
    To make matters worse, the keepers now hand feed the deer, making them people/dog proof = they are more dangerous than they used to be.
    Suggest you go to Home Park for tranquility & peace. I walk my dogs in there & it reminds me how Richmond Park used to
    be 10yrs ago.