Mike Gage started up his own Deer Study Centre in Wayford, near Crewkerne, and was keen to make it into an educational hive, where schoolchildren and families can come and learn more about the creatures.
He has permission to use a field on Dunsham Lane and the area is now home to his 150+ deer, which include the species Red Deer,White Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Sika Deer, Roe deer, Muntjac and Axis Deer.
Mike Gage has been involved with deer for over 40 years. Before setting up in Wayford, he worked at a nature park in Tiverton.
He said: "My interest in deer first began when I was working down in Exmoor
On my drive home I saw some in a field, so went home and got my camera in order to take some pictures of them. I found I could get really close without disturbing them.
"I've since spent so much time with the creatures I can tell what they're feeling. Even though they're quite docile creatures, if deer are upset you're still best to stay away from them, but it's rare for mine to be like that."
He said: " I want this to be a place where families and children can come and visit. Over the years, I've learned a thing or two and plan to give talks and share what I know. I could also use it to host private parties.
"I want this to be good enough to get only as many visitor donations as are needed, to pay for deer food and vets fees.
The Park has now moved to a new location at west coker hill. woodentop farm BA22 9DG
The center is on a hillside , The views are spectacular, even on a dull day
You are welcome to bring picnics.....but Sorry NO DOGS.
There is also a Nature walk around the side of the hill through Clement wood planted in memory of Clement William Richards a local farmer with the same sentiments as the founder Mike Gage
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