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Profile of registrant

Wild Deer Association of Ireland

Identification number in the register: 79784888613-31
Registration date: 17/04/12 23:21:35

The information on this organisation was last modified on 23/04/14 00:55:46
The date of the last annual update was 23/04/14 00:55:46

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Wild Deer Association of Ireland
Acronym: WDAI
Legal status: NGO
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Damien Hannigan
Position: Hon. Secretary

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Damien Hannigan
Position: Hon. Secretary

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: PO Box 31 Midleton 
Cork -
Telephone number: (+353) 872496987
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: 1.To promote and encourage efforts to improve the management and conservation of our Deer population and its habitat.

2.To Defend, Advocate and represent the sport of Deer Stalking.

3.To provide information for Deerstalkers with a view to attaining high standards of sportsmanship and safety.

4.To cooperate and liaise with other sporting bodies in matters of common interest.

5.To support efforts to protect field sports and its traditions.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4500
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Since its establishment in 1981 the Wild Deer Association of Ireland has grown to become the largest organisation of its kind in Ireland, representing those involved in deer management, deer stalking and people with an interest in the conservation and well-being of wild deer.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is recognised as the leading authority on wild deer in Ireland holding numerous events throughout the year with the aim to develop the knowledge and skills of our members and the general public. Our events and seminars include international deer experts on issues relating to deer and deer management. The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is one of the founder members of Deer Alliance the assessment committee set up to oversee the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) which provides a first step to developing the knowledge and competence of deer managers and deer stalkers by providing a recognised qualification.

We are also a member of FACE which is recognised by the European Commission as the main discussion partner, representing Europe's 7 million hunters, and are consulted by the relevant Directorate-General during the elaboration and monitoring of EU legislation dealing with hunting, wildlife management, nature conservation, firearms, wild animal health, game meat hygiene, etc.

Since 2009 we provide a Deer Management Programme to advise and assist landowners on the management of deer, while maintaining the herd in a safe and sustainable environment.

More recent campaigns include "Shine a Light on Poaching" which promotes the illegal taking of deer. "Report a Wildlife Crime" allows for the reporting of suspected incidents of Deer Poaching and other Wildlife Crimes. "Deer Awareness Ireland" highlights the growing incidents of road traffic accidents involving deer and what actions can be taken to reduce such incidents.

We regularly lobby and work with government departments on deer related issues and legislation.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Environment


Total number of members that are natural persons: 1,000
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

FACE Ireland
FACE Europe
Deer Alliance
Irish Trophy Commission
CIC International

Financial data

Financial year: 05/2012 - 03/2013
Total budget: 20,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 20,000
- donations:
- contributions from members: 20,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 200000  € - 250000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.