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Fallow Deer were first introduced to Ireland after the Norman invasion. They are now widespread and the most common deer in Ireland. The best known herd of Fallow Deer in Ireland is in the Phoenix Park. They are here for over 300 years now and this herd numbers about 650 animals. The best time of year to view these beautiful animals is in October or November, i.e., the rutting season.
The rutting season lasts about four weeks and during this time dominant bucks form territories and mate with the does. They are extremely noisy at this time, often for hours on end. They feed off grass, leaves and twigs, cropping branches to about 2 metres. Their coat colour varies considerably. However, the summer coat is a rich glossy brown with white spots. The tail is white below and black on top.