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Plans to fine visitors for being too close to deer at Wollaton Park ‘not feasible’ say city council

Some reports today suggested the idea to issue Penalty Charge Notices to visitors could start this summer.

The suggestion to issue fines to visitors to the deer park was put forward by some councillors as a way to deter the behaviour of some people.

However, this action was not taken forward.

A Nottingham City Council spokesperson said:

“Most people who visit Wollaton Hall and Park sensibly enjoy our beautiful deer from a distance, observing the many prominent and substantial signs around the site advising of the risks to themselves and the animals in getting too close.

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“There are instances every year unfortunately where a small number of visitors try to approach – this can be incredibly dangerous as deer are wild animals whose behaviour cannot be predicted.

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“They should be left in peace to roam and observed from a distance.

“To try to prevent this from happening, local councillors brought forward a suggestion of issuing fines to anyone who deliberately got too close to the deer.

“This was explored by council officers but is ultimately not feasible or practical to implement. We will continue to work with councillors to raise awareness of this issue.”

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