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Deer Awareness Ireland

Is a national awareness group formed, to highlight areas where there is a high incident of road traffic accidents involving deer (Deer RTA’s). We educate road users on the risks and how to reduce the risks of been involved in a Deer RTA, we also support local authorities and road planners, in reducing Deer RTA’s.

Deer Awareness Ireland is supported by Kildare Deer Watch, Wild Deer Association of Ireland, Irish Deer Society.

Deer Road Traffic Accidents (Deer RTA’s)

So why is it occurring? The expanding range of our deer herds, Roadside Vegetation

How can I reduce the risks? When are Deer RTA’s most likely to occur? What should drivers do in a high risk area?

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Expanding range of our deer herds and motorways

In the eighties farm forestry took off due to attractive grants and schemes. As well as Coillte Teo, we now have FEL (Forestry Enterprise Ltd), Greenbelt, Third Forestry Fund, South Western Forestry Services, and many other organisations, involved in the forestry industry in Ireland.

These new plantations provide a corridor for the deer population to expand.

The illegal hunting of deer, such as lamping deer at night, has dramatically increased in recent years, this combined with over hunting, can cause deer to adapt by moving to new areas.

While the population of wild deer in Ireland is unknown, there is evidence of over population in some areas, such as Co. Wicklow. Where over population exists this can cause Deer RTA’s.

As our motorway network expands, it is likely to interfere with existing deer habitat. In the absence of appropriate safety measures such as deer fencing, Deer RTA’s are likely to occur in these areas.

Road Side Vegetation

Some local authorities only cut road verges twice a year, this can cause problems. Deer can stay almost invisible to motorists until it’s too late to react. Road side vegetation can attract deer, especially if it is the only food source available.

When are Deer RTA’s most likely to occur?

Summer and Autumn, in the summer young males are likely to disperse to find new territory. We have recorded the highest number of Deer RTA’s in the autumn, this would be associated with the breeding season (the rut) during this season the deer are most active between dawn and dusk.

What should drivers do in high risk areas?

1. Reduce speed where they see a warning sign and stay alert.

2. Prepare to stop, never swerve as you could hit another obstacle.

3. When you see a deer “dip your head lights”, as the full-beam may cause the deer to freeze.

4. If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow.

5. Do not approach an injured deer.

If you are involved in a Deer RTA or come across a deer that has been involved in a RTA, immediately contact the local Gardai.

Step 1: Download Report

Deer Vehicle Collision Form
(72 KB Microsift Excel Document)
Step 2: Complete Report

Step 3: Attach Report to your Email & Send to:
or alternatively post it to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, Ballybeg, Killmallock, Co Limerick

The information you give will be compiled in a national data base, allowing us to identify Deer RTA hotspots, and prevent a potential fatality.

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