Deer in Irish commercial forests.

  • Vincent Murphy FORDEER Research Group, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Cooperage, Distillery Fields, North Mall, University College Cork, Cork.
  • Ruth, F. Cardin FORDEER Research Group, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Cooperage, Distillery Fields, North Mall, University College Cork, Cork.
  • Simon Harrison FORDEER Research Group, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Cooperage, Distillery Fields, North Mall, University College Cork, Cork.
  • John O'Halloran FORDEER Research Group, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Cooperage, Distillery Fields, North Mall, University College Cork, Cork.
  • Sandra Irwin FORDEER Research Group, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Cooperage, Distillery Fields, North Mall, University College Cork, Cork.
  • Fidelma Butler FORDEER Research Group, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Cooperage, Distillery Fields, North Mall, University College Cork, Cork.
Keywords: Red, sika, fallow, Sitka spruce, deer damage.

Abstract

The history of deer species, their current distribution and their numbers are summarised, but there is a paucity of reliable information about deer populations in Ireland. Aspects of how deer use commercial forests and particular habitat preference are described. The issue of deer in commercial forests in Ireland is discussed in the context of a number of local studies, though there is a lack of knowledge as to the extent of issues discussed. The types of impacts and damage observed in Irish plantation forests, particularly bark stripping and browsing, show the likely effects on the plantation crops. Calculating the potential economic cost of damage is difficult since relatively few studies have been carried out in Ireland, and national baseline quantitative data are lacking. Deer are protected by legislation in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and there is no formal deer management policy in Ireland.
Published
2013-11-01
How to Cite
Murphy, V., Cardin, R. F., Harrison, S., O’Halloran, J., Irwin, S., & Butler, F. (2013). Deer in Irish commercial forests. Irish Forestry, 91-103. Retrieved from http://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/10103
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