So Phoenix Park has some 450 free roaming deer. They are easy enough to find as they about the park in a few little herds of 20 or so. We found these ones having a spot of rugby at the sports pitches. Tiernan was happy enough to herd them into a good photo spot. Wellington Monument in the background and everything!
The deer are reasonably used to humans, but I wouldn’t want to take on those antlers. Tiernan said his friend, who studied zoology, had to capture and tag all the deer one year. Supposedly it was great fun!
I wish we’d been a month or two earlier so we could have seen the tiny fawns. Sweet Like Cinnamon got some great photos of them being cute!
- The deer were introduced to the park in the 1660s and those there today are the descendants of the original herd.
- The Phoenix Park deer are Fallow Deer. That’s essentially Bambi; the ones with the spots. Fallow Deer are also the most common wild deer in Ireland.
Every so often the park staff cull the herd down to a manageable size (450 being considered capacity). Someone gets to eat venison for the next month, that’s for sure!
Apparently they also have about 6 social groups of badger, but I’ve never been in the park at a good time to see them. The only badger I’ve ever seen was roadkill.
Phoenix Park is also home to Dublin Zoo, so it’s a great place to do an animal treasure hunt!