Though not a native species to
Ireland, the pheasant was introduced to Ireland by
the Normans in the 12th. century. The Pheasant is considered by most hunters as the game bird of Ireland.
It has acclimatised well to Irish conditions and breeds throughout the country, though the
population is sparse on the exposed moorlands of west Galway, Mayo and Donegal, and also
parts of Antrim plateau and the Mourne Mountains.
Issued on October 5th. 1989 as part of the "Flora and Fauna" Series.
Written by --: Christopher Kirk
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