Sika deer originated from the Japanese Islands in North Eastern Asia. One stag and three hinds were the original breeding stock for all Sika in Ireland. These were introduced by Lord Powerscourt in 1860. The main herds of wild Sika deer are concentrated in Kerry & Wicklow. Sika are an extremely shy and timid animal. The antlers of the stag are branched and generally have up to four points on each. The summer coat is a light reddish brown colour with
Fallow deer were introduced into Ireland by the Normans in 1169 and have become Ireland’s most widespread deer and are found in most woodland countrywide. Fallow have a very keen sense of smell and are extremely alert to any foreign noise. The common variety of Fallow deer is the familiar tan/fawn colour with white spotting on the flanks. Fallow bucks are easiest to see in October during the rut and tend to use the same rutting ground each year.
The wood pigeon is the most common, largest and widespread pigeon in Ireland. It is easily recognised by its large body and smallish head as well as its soft grey feathers and unmistakable cooing noise. Large flocks feed together on roadsides, in fields and roost in the woods. They feed almost anywhere in the country, especially in fields with crops in them. The wood pigeon is a vegetarian, which means it doesn't eat the meat of other animals and all its food is based