Rut Watch

Deer Rutting

Sunday 16 October 2022 (between 11am and 4pm) Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive in autumn when they ‘rut’. National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone walking on this route is welcome to stop by, view the deer through the telescopes and discuss the deer and their ecology with our staff. Location: The Spinc walking trail (white arrows), Glendalough....

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Avian Flu Hotline

Gannet in flight

Avian Influenza Hotline at 01 607 2512 (or 01 492 8026 outside of normal office hours). Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza HPAI (H5N1) is currently circulating in wild birds, especially in breeding seabirds around Ireland. Over the last two weeks in particular, following intensive surveillance by NPWS, and reports from others, large numbers of dead Gannets have been detected at breeding colonies, at sea and are now being washed up ashore. This follows outbreaks and large die-offs earlier in the year...

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New FREE Car Park for Laragh – Glendalough

Free Car Park Poster

Wicklow Co. Co. had opened a new free car park in Laragh. This is a secure facility with staff on duty, and shall be open daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. It is located beside the Woollen Mills and GAA grounds in Laragh and is well sign-posted. The car park is perfect for hill walkers with access along the beautiful Green Road to Glendalough and all its walking trails. You can even avoid the valley floor if you wish...

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Dogs In the National Park


All dogs must be on a lead at all times within the National Park. We ask you not to bring your dog to the National Park at busy times (10 am to 5 pm). There has been an increase in negative incidents involving dogs on our sites.  We have had reports of and witnessed an increase in negative interactions with visitors and with other dogs. A number of goats and deer have been mauled.  We are also entering the breeding...

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