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 every often and 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 South Somerset and Devon border are home to over 140 deer, all rescued and looked after till the end of their days. They’ve grown used to human contact of course, so you can hand feed some of them, and strangely, what you should take them for a treat is Digestive biscuits – they love them!
You have to book to visit; large groups are welcome and what you get is 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 and what you’ll take away with you is the most wonderful experience, something you’ll never forget.
Whilst you’re here have a stroll around the nature trail, bring your binoculars and spend some time in the hides. There’s a rustic cabin with indoor and outdoor seating that can be used for groups who have booked for visits or birthday outings.
Remember that the South West Deer Rescue & Study Centre relies entirely on donations so please be generous to this very worthwhile cause. You’ll love it.

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