News

This is the place to keep up to date with news of special events, culinary innovations and new arrivals among our herds of deer.

 

Deer Family Welcomes Distant Cousins

20.04.2021

Sky Park Farm Rangers are delighted to have settled in a new herd of 15 Sika deer.

Sika deer were introduced into Britain from the Far East in 1860. It is possible that almost all living English, Scottish and Irish sika are descendants from only one Japanese stag and three hinds introduced to Viscount Powerscourt’s deer park at Enniskerry, Eire in 1860.

Lily Twigger, one of Sky Park Farm’s Rangers, said “We are delighted to add this beautiful Sika deer herd to our family. Visitors will enjoy learning about the different species of deer and spotting the differences between the Sika, White and Red deer across the farm”.

Sika, similar to Fallow in coat colour, have heart shaped white markings with a black border on the distinct white rump and a short, white tail. There is often a dark coloured dorsal stripe running the length of the back. When fully grown stags weigh between 40 to 70kg and hinds 30 to 45kgs. By comparison, an average adult man in Britain weighs 79kg. You can track the Sika through its slightly smaller hoof prints (about 7cm).

Herd of Sika Deer at Sky Park Farm

Early Autumn at Sky Park Farm

23.09.2021

Have we seen the last of the warm late summer days – or will yesterday’s Autumn Equinox spell a change towards cooler weather?  At Sky Park Farm, our deer herds are unfazed by the cooler weather, continuing to happily graze […]

Deer Husbandry – The Rut

16.09.2021

Our deer family is growing as we approach the rut! We are delighted to be welcoming some impressive new stags to our farm for breeding. These are carefully selected to ensure that the quality of our farmed deer is protected.  […]

Introducing Our Visitor Centre Team!

10.08.2021

Our vision at Sky Park Farm is for all visitors to leave with a smile. In our opinion, this starts with a warm welcome when you arrive from our Visitor Centre team. We are really proud of the overwhelmingly positive […]