The series of Animals of Farthing Wood stories is best known for the initial story covering their epic journey from Farthing Wood to White Deer Park. The later, lesser known, sequels cover their adventures in and around White Deer Park after arriving there. The setting is a nature reserve somewhere in the UK, protected from human intervention by a Warden stationed there, due to the presence of the unique herd of white deer who live there. At the end of the last book in the series,
the reserve gets extended to a new region, becoming twice as big as before.
Is White Deer Park based on a specific real location? Obviously the UK has many nature reserves and protected areas, but are there any which were created to protect a herd of special deer? Or any other clues (such as the spoilertagged information above) which might help to link White Deer Park to a particular real-life nature reserve? Or did Colin Dann just use the general concept of a nature reserve as a setting, with all specifics invented by him for the stories?