Deer are natural components of the Celtic landscape. Generally speaking, they are found mainly in woodland as this gives them food and shelter from the weather.
Wild deer are of great economic and cultural value to the Celtic nations -particularly Scotland and Ireland- through sporting income and venison production and sales.
The ancient Celts held deer as supernatural animals. Deer was said to be a fairy creature that could pass between the worlds. This was especially true for a white deer. Beautiful women frequently became deer in many tales while fleeing from hunters.