Deer fencing system is introduced in Killarney National Park

Measures are being put in place to save woodlands in Killarney National -Park. A new deer fencing system being erected in specific areas aimed at saving and regenerating some of the country`s most famous oak woods. The woods which are the largest surviving examples of ancient native forests are already under serious threat from rhodo infestation. But, the latest deer fencing system is intended to keep deer out of woodland areas that have already been cleared of the rhodo and thereby allow young oak and ash trees to grow on the woodland floor. Around 100 hectares of woodland, divided into 10 plots, are being fenced off and a grant for the project has been obtained from the Forest Service. The work is being carried out in the Derrycunnihy, Ullauns and Gortroe areas, where some important oakwoods are located. Park rangers have investigated migration routes of the deer and have left corridors between fenced off areas to allow deer travel from the mountains to the lowlands. Many of the woodlands in Killarney National Park have been infested with rhodo, which is one of the most serious conservation issues facing the National park and wildlife service.