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June 2018
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference 2018
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2018 Conference - UPDATE
We have another update for you on our one day 2018 Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference:
*Pete Wedderburn talk title - check website for details

Credits: 7 CVE credits
Date: 27th October 2018
Venue: Rock Farm, Slane, Co Meath


We look forward to seeing you there!
WRI's Advanced Wildlife Veterinary Treatment Course


Wild animals also deserve the best possible treatment 
We ran the first of these Courses in 2016 and it was a great success. So, we are delighted to announce that we will be running this course THE DAY AFTER our Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. This is to facilitate veterinary professionals who are attending the Conference, and want to learn more!

This Course concentrates on the theory and practice of wildlife treatment available to veterinary practioners. It is limited to just 20 attendees. This course is open to anyone IN THE VETERINARY PROFESSION - regardless of your wildlife experience.

Credits: 11 CVE credits
Date: 28th October 2018
Venue: Ashbourne, Co Meath
WRI's Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Course


Another Course date announced!  
This training course focuses on the theory and practice of wildlife rehabilitation. Topics include: the legal and ethical issues regarding wildlife rehabilitation; safe rescue and handling; how to perform a physical examination; first aid and common ailments; what to feed wildlife; how to house them; zoonotic diseases; and release considerations. The highlight for most attendees - the practical sessions!! (on cadavers), include: capture and handling; physical examinations; injections; tube feeding; bandaging; etc..  The course is limited to an intimate group of twenty attendees. The course is open to anyone - regardless of your wildlife experience.

Credits: 22 CVE credits
Date: 13th & 14th October 2018
Venue: Ashbourne, Co Meath
[Note: The July Course is FULL]
NEWS - General
Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found
© Matthew Fisher

An ancient skin-eating fungus is killing off hundreds of amphibians  
Researchers theorize that human activity spread infected amphibians worldwide, either through shipping, the amphibian meat and pet industries, or massive events such as the Korean War. At the conflict's height, millions of soldiers and pieces of equipment entered and exited the region giving amphibians ample opportunity to hitch a ride. Read the National Geographic article
Wildlife in War Zones
© James Morgan

The increasing phenomenon of biodiversity’s battle with human conflict 
Food for thought in an article by Cormac Price
"..In this article I wanted to see how wildlife has battled in some wars or conflicts. So what does war and conflict mean to biodiversity and the unfortunate species that find themselves inhabiting areas where two sets of people, for whatever reason, have decided to designate a battlefield?.." Read Full Article
Raptor Persecution Exposed

Interview with grouse moor informant
Alan Stewart's blog talks about the interesting Interview by Chris Packham of the person giving him what was obviously first-hand information of some of the criminal activity that takes place on many driven grouse moors.
"..It corroborates what I have seen over many years as a police wildlife crime officer, what some keepers have told me and also much of the intelligence that is fed into the National Wildlife Crime Unit."  

Wildlife Faeces Wanted!
Wildlife rehabilitators - free wildlife parasitology testing by UCD 
A great opportunity for wildlife rehabilitators. Can you get your animals' faeces to UCD? If you can deliver, UCD have offered free parisitology testing as part of their parasitology research project and they need lots of poo! (dog & cat faeces also invited! )
If you're interested, contact Sandra Augier on sandra.aungier@ucd.ie for more details.
Little Tern Protection Scheme
© www.akellyphoto.com 
Little Terns at Portrane need your help 
The Little Tern is a rare summer visitor to Ireland from April to late August. Their nests are located on shingle beaches, this makes the eggs and the young very vulnerable to disturbance, predation and nest destruction. The whole European population is amber-listed due to their scarcity. For the first time in many years, Portrane Beach, North County Dublin, has 10 pairs of Little Terns with 7 viable nests.
Tom Kavanagh (086 2314736) is coordinating volunteers to patrol the beach and talk to visitors. If you can spare a few hours to help please give Tom a call.
Common Seal Alert
© Seal Rescue Ireland
The Common / Harbour seal season has offically begun

Over the next few months common seal pups will be born, and Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI) ask that people be vigilant when out on beaches and keep an eye out for pups in distress. Human activity: boat traffic and water sports, as well as people and dogs on beaches can sometimes frighten away nursing mothers and inadvertently lead to pups being injured or orphaned. Seals are a protected species under the Wildlife Act so it is illegal to disturb breeding or resting seals on beaches. Please observe from a distance, and keep dogs and children away. If you spot a seal in distress, call Seal Rescue Ireland on 087 1955393
SRI regularly look for volunteers to join their Seal Rescue Network so do contact Seal Rescue Ireland if you want to attend one of their training courses.
Free Wildlife Poster
© www.irishgardenbirds.ie 
Wildlife in your garden

Wicklow, and towns all around Ireland, have a wealth of gardens which have the potential to be hugely valuable as havens for wildlife. Planting for birds and pollinating insects helps them to thrive, ensuring that they have nesting material, food and shelter throughout the year from early Spring to Summer, Autumn and Winter.
The Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council has teamed up with 'Irish Garden Birds' to produce a New Poster on the theme of wildlife in gardens and what you can do to help.  This poster is ideal for use by householders, gardeners (of all abilities), schools or Tidy Towns groups.
And Finally..

Did you know

The total weight of all ants on Earth is close to that of humans. That’s pretty impressive considering the average ant is about one-millionth the size of a human being!
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