Animals that live around the pool are Shoveler, Wigeon and occasionally Goosander. On the pool other birds of interest include all three species of Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Raven, and Buzzard.
After the Borough family acquired the Chetwynd Estate, they created the Deer Park to house their existing herd of some 100 fallow deer which they brought up from Southern England. The park included open grassland, a 20 acre pool (which is a small lake considered to have been formed in the same way as nearby Aqualate mere) and some of Shropshire’s finest ancient woodland and in its heyday must have been a magnificent sight. Following the death of the life tenant, Mrs M Borough in 1987, the estate was left to Oxford University.
In 1988, the deer park was purchased by Newport & District Agricultural Society. Using their own funds and without help from an external sources, the Newport & District Agricultural Society set about the task of restoring the Park to its former glory and at the same time, creating what is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful show grounds in the country. The society has been able to devote the surpluses generated from the shows over the years, together with funds from its Boughey Memorial Endowment, to finance the restoration of the parklands and the management of the 200 year old fallow deer herd.
From the very outset, the project has been one where the local community has been heavily involved. Indeed the massive initial ground clearance in 1989 was a joint operation between a dozen or so local volunteer farmers and their sons with tractors, trailers, diggers and dozers. The society is justly proud of what has been achieved over the last 26 years and the condition of the Deer Park is a testament to the team who look after it now. With the grasslands and woodlands actively managed and maintained and the Deer herd thriving, nature is once again the cornerstone of the Park.
The Pool Lodge, which is a listed building, has been restored to its former glory also and is a classic and rare example of the beautiful sandstone cottages which were dotted about the original estate.
As well as it been open for the Newport Show, which is held on the second Saturday in July each year, there are a number of other events held here each year. In addition, many local schools, as well as Harper Adams University visit the Deer Park for educational purposes. Although there are no public footpaths on the Deer park, there is a public footpath along the south edge of the park over a stile on the right just by Pool Lodge. This footpath leads to the B5062 road, which goes up the hill towards Edgmond.