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South West Deer Rescue Centre

South West Deer Rescue Centre

The South West Deer
Rescue Centre


The  South West Deer Rescue Centre in South Somerset is somewhere I had heard about and was keen to learn more. So as I’m writing up a post then you may well assume that I have now been. Well sadly not. This post is rather unusual as it is being written through the eyes and words of my daughter, who was lucky enough to be invited there as part of a friend’s birthday day out.

South West Deer Rescue Centre Axis Deer

The rescue centre is open by appointment only and welcomes groups to be shown around by the owner. As you can guess from the title you are going to see deer.  Now I have to admit I’m no deer expert, so please excuse me if I get a bit confused with my species and just enjoy the pictures.

So in my daughter’s words and pictures (which I think you will agree are very good) I will tell you a bit more.

South West Deer Rescue Centre Red Deer


“We were met by the owner a man called Mike who showed us around and explained about the deer.

There were lots different types of deer to see. They had plenty of space to wander around and graze. I was expecting some of the deer to be injured or not look well, but they all looked really happy and healthy.


My friend’s mum had been told to bring some biscuits for the deer. It was so good, we were allowed right up to the deer to feed them. Digestives and rich tea are their favourite!

South West Deer Rescue Centre muntjac deer
South West Deer Rescue Centre feeding fallow deer

This is a picture of my friends feeding a young white fallow deer and me feeding a muntjac, they are really small, not much bigger than a large cat!

South West Deer Rescue Centre fallow
South West Deer Rescue Centre deer

Different Types of Deer

We were told the types of deer we would see are Red, Fallow, Sika, Muntjac and one breed that are not native to the UK called Axis.

Some of deer have been rescued from private collectors who no longer want the deer or from places where they are in danger from poachers.

We had great fun looking around and there was plenty of space for us to have a good run as well. The farm was quite big and although there were some paths we were glad we had our wellies.”

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South West Deer Rescue Centre Sika Deer
South West Deer Rescue Centre

Where to Find the Centre

The Rescue Centre is nr Crewkerne in Somerset TA18 8QN


You must call ahead (at least 24 hours)  to arrange a visit. Groups are welcome as well as photographers. From the feedback I would suggest it is more suited to school age children and not toddlers, it’s not really suitable for push chairs in the winter. There is a 4×4 available that can be requested for anyone with mobility problems.

Contact  /  What Does It Cost?

Take a look on the centre’s Facebook page (click here) for contact details and a phone number.

There is no official entrance fee but the centre relies on donations.

If you visit in June you will be able to see young deer calves that have recently been born.

Deer Rescue Centre girls
Deer Rescue Centre running girls

So I hope you enjoy a chance to do something a bit different and it certainly makes a change for a birthday party rather than bowling or trampolining! Thank you to my friend Meeri for taking control of so many lively children for the day!

If you enjoy wildlife then why not take at look at my other posts on Wildwood Escot and Seaton Wetlands. Also if you are in the area of the Rescue Centre there’s a great cream tea or lunch to be found at Lucy’s Farmhouse Tearoom so why not pop in there as well!

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Whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the region or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then I hope you enjoy reading this.


  1. Natalie Williams

    This looks like a great day out, never heard of it before. My children would love to visit, sounds like your daughter had fun.

    • mm

      Thank you – yes it’s quite an unusual day and not really advertised much out but the feedback from everyone is good.

  2. Coombe Mill

    What a fabulous place to explore, the kids all look like they’re loving their time feeding the deer the biscuits. I never knew that deer liked biscuits, I might have to try feeding some to our deer here and seeing if they enjoy them just as much. Your daughter got some beautiful photos of the deer up close, does she have a favourite deer now she’s been to see them?

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  3. Welsh Cakes and Wellies

    I love that this is from your daughters account of her visit. It looks like a brilliant place to visit, you’ll have to go next time too 🙂 #countrykids

  4. Sonia Cave

    What a wonderful experience for your daughter being able to get so close up to the deers and feed them #countrykidsfun

  5. Mudpie fridays

    It’s lovely that this post is in your daughters own words. Such a great idea. I had no idea you could feed deer digestives! #CountryKids

  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    What a lovely write up from your daughter and her pictures are beautiful. I never knew that deer liked rich tea and digestive biscuits! How lovely to be able to get close to them and feed them. It sounds like it was a wonderful day out 🙂 #countrykids


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