South West Deer Rescue & Study Centre, Wayford, Crewkerne, Somerset


The best things in life don’t stay secret for long, but then that’s usually because they’re too amazing to keep quiet about. Like this place, the South West Deer Rescue & Study Centre. You don’t see this sort of thing very often and once you've been here you come away feeling that you’ve had such an incredible experience that you just have to share it. 110 acres of beautiful rolling countryside on the Somerset and Devon border are home to over 140 deer, all rescued and looked after till the end of their days, with room to roam just like they'd have in the wild.
If you come here you'll get a guided tour where you’ll learn all about the different species of deer, how they came to be here, and their lives and habits. More so, it’s a very rare opportunity to get close up to these usually elusive creatures; they’ve grown used to human contact of course, so you can hand feed some of them. The best food to take is Digestive biscuits; probably not the first thing you'd think of but the deer love them!
You have to book to visit, remember, and large groups are welcome; whilst you’re here have a stroll around the nature trail, bring your binoculars and spend some time in the hides, see what you can spot. If you want to come here with a group of people for a birthday treat, that's fine, there's even a rustic cabin with indoor and outdoor seating you can make use of if you want a bite to eat.
The South West Deer Rescue & Study Centre relies entirely on donations so please be generous to this very worthwhile cause. 

Tours are daily, by appointment only, starting at 10.45am
T: 01460 64174 or 07870 440392      Sorry, no dogs         All information correct at the time of writing