Deer hunting in Epping Forest

February 13th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Deer hunting in Epping Forest

Epping Forest on the doorstep of Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford homes is a fantastic open space to enjoy on foot or on horseback. It also has a long history particularly when it comes to deer. Deer walks, talks and educational activities are regularly organised and if you want to keep up to date you can follow @COLEppingForest on Twitter.

Coming up on Sunday 11th March 2018 from 14:30 – 15:30 at the Epping Forest Gateway, 6 Rangers Road, London, E4 7QH is one such free event, presented by Tom Rose called Hunting the King's deer. Tom Rose is a researcher from the University of Nottingham and has an exhibition on in Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. But if you want to find out more about the colourful individuals whose illegal hunting expeditions landed them in the law courts four hundred years ago come along to his entertaining presentation. Drawing and colouring materials will be available for children who may be attending the talk with adults. The event is free but booking required:

Epping Forest’s long association with deer goes back to times when the deer chase was the favourite recreation of the Sovereign. As part of the Royal Forest of Essex, it was controlled by Forest Courts which meted out harsh penalties to those caught poaching or even just disturbing the deer.
At the time a number of deer parks were formed in and around the Forest and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge commissioned by Henry VIII as a grandstand from which to view the hunt still stands at Chingford. Queen Elizabeth I is also thought to have visited the Lodge. The gradual loss of interest by the Crown for hunting in the Forest eventually led Queen Victoria to relinquish all Royal hunting rights in 1882.
Nowadays the Forest’s deer delight visitors who catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. The bigger threat to deer is no longer poaching, but the busy roads and human disturbance. When walking in Epping Forest please be mindful of the deer and always ensure dogs are under effective control.