Bradgate Park is a public park in Charnwood Forest, in Leicestershire, and covers 850 acres. Nearly eight centuries ago Bradgate Park was enclosed as a deer park and today it is still home to herds of Red and Fallow Deer.
Recently a young deer had to be put down after becoming entangled in a plastic carrier bag and this, as well as other events at the park, have prompted the park's boss Peter Tyldesley to post some important reminders for visitors to the park.
“Today we have had to put down a young buck that got entangled in a carelessly discarded carrier bag.
“This was covering its face & strangling it, plus injured jumping a wall in blind panic. We could not approach the wild animal to remove, plus injuries too severe. TAKE LITTER HOME.”
“An animal has suffered unnecessarily and ended up dead when it didn’t need to.
"Our message to people is to take your litter home.
“If you can’t do that there are bins on the park. Discarding litter like this is potentially dangerous to all wildlife, not just deer.
“When people feed young deer, they think it’s cute, but it’s different when they grow up and become a bit bigger and a bit more menacing and regard visitors as a source of food.”
As the better weather approaches, he has also warned people about the dangers from barbecues.
“A couple of weeks ago when we had some good weather, someone had a barbecue in the park, which is not allowed.
“It started a fire which destroyed quite a large area of bracken, unnecessarily diverting the resources of the fire service."
These are important reminders for anyone visiting a deer park in the UK.