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Natural Habitat

Natural Habitat

Killarney National Park

On the boundaries of the Club is Killarney National Park . Situated in south-west Ireland, close to the most westerly point in Europe, the National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens.

In this sensitive environment around the lakes and mountains the Course Staff are ever vigilant to keep the balance right between the up-keep and maintenance of the Courses while respecting and protecting the unique eco-culture of the area.

Red Deer

The Red Deer, Ireland's native deer, are ever present – and during the re-development of the Killeen Course they even learnt to crawl under the electric fences the course staff put up around the greens. The course staff had to be ever vigilant as the Red Deer can create great damage to the young greens. The Killarney herd, currently numbering approximately 700, is the only wild herd of native Red Deer remaining in Ireland .

The Club is also home to a family of Sika Deer who can often be seen roaming the outskirts of the greens, especially early morning or sunset.

Killarney Lakes

Surrounding Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is the Lower Lake (Lough Leane) studded with islands and having on its eastern shore the historic Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. The wooded peninsula of Muckross separates the Lower from the Middle Lake sometimes called Muckross Lake . Lough Leane is by far the largest of the three Lakes of Killarney , at approximately 19km², and is also the richest in nutrients.

There are many Brown Trout in the lakes, in addition to an annual run of Salmon. Unusual fish species include the Arctic Char (usually found much further north, and thought to be a relict species left behind in Killarney after the last ice age) and the Killarney Shad (a land locked form of the Thwaite Shad unique to the Lakes of Killarney).

Bird Life

In all, 141 species of birds have been recorded in the Killarney National Park and environs to date. Some of these are resident, some are migrants, spending only part of the year here, whilst others occur as vagrants, appearing sporadically for such reasons as stormy weather conditions or unusually cold spells on the continent.

The wide variety of habitat types present within this area is one reason for the great diversity of bird life found here, from waterfowl to woodland birds to birds of mountain and moorland. Common summer visitors include the Swallow, Swift and Cuckoo, which migrate northwards from Africa during the summer months to avail of the more temperate Irish climate.

The most important of our winter visitors is the small flock of Greenland White-fronted Geese which spend the winter months grazing on some of the bogs in the Killarney valley. This is virtually the last remaining flock in Co. Kerry, and the only flock in the country whose bogland feeding ground occurs almost entirely within a protected area.

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