Nature & Biodiversity
The Phoenix Park is a highly important site for biodiversity in Dublin City and is an extremely valuable resource for the people of Dublin and its visitors. It supports 50% of the mammal species found in Ireland and about 40% of bird species.
Among the 351 different plant species to be found in the Park there are three, which are rare and protected. The Park has retained almost all of its old grasslands and woodlands and also has rare examples of wetlands. In addition, The Phoenix Park is the location of Dublin Zoo, which interprets aspects of biodiversity to over 900,000 people each year.
One animal in particular, the fallow deer, was directly responsible for the development of The Phoenix Park and almost three hundred and fifty years later there still remains a very successful herd in existence.