WRI e-newsletter
July 2014
Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
21 CVE Credits!!
Course Date Announcement
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to announce that the next ‘Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course’ will be held on the 13th and 14th September 2014, in the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath
Lecture topics include: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation; anatomy and physiology; calculating fluid requirements; handling and restraint; thermoregulation; stress; shock; initial care and physical examination; nutrition and associated diseases; standards for housing; zoonoses; euthanasia and release criteria.
Practical topics include: gavage; physical restraint; injections; physical examinations; weighing and limb immobilisation.
TO REGISTER for the Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course; first email office@wri.ie to find out if there are places remaining, then you'll be emailed the Registration Form.
Click here to go to the Course website
Veterinary Journal publishes WRI's wildlife survey
Wildlife Health Survey for vets
Last year WRI conducted our first Irish Wildlife Health Survey of veterinary professionals. The results have been collated into a report that has been published in the Veterinary Ireland Journal.

WRI aims to conduct an annual survey amongst the veterinary profession and wildlife rehabilitators in order to collect data on wildlife casualties found in Ireland.
Survey questions included; species found, numbers of casualties, common presenting conditions, treatment / outcome etc

Hopefully an increased awareness of Ireland's biodiversity and the hazards faced by our native wildlife will in turn increase people's awareness of the value of these animals and the need to protect them and their habitats. Click here to read the survey report
National Bat Conference - Warwick, UK
UK Bat Conference
The Bat Conservation Trust invites you to join them for the biggest event in the bat calendar! The National Bat Conference will take place at the University of Warwick, 5th to 7th September 2014, and they would love to see you there.

This year's programme will cover many exciting and varied subjects. If you have never attended one of these Conferences before then do consider doing so - there is always something new to learn, even for the most knowledgeable bat enthusiasts! Click here to book your place. Booking closes on the 24th July!
Attempted poisoning of Peregrines at Dalkey Quarry
Photo: Michael Finn
Sinister attempted poisoning of Peregrine Falcons at well-known south Co. Dublin nest site
An attempt was made last month to poison a family of one of Ireland’s most spectacular birds of prey; the Peregrine Falcon. 
The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on earth, diving through the air to catch its prey at speeds in excess of 300 km/h.  Brought to the brink of global extinction in the 1950s and ‘60s by the effects of a pesticide called DDT, which caused the female falcons to lay eggs with abnormally thin shells, the Irish population has recovered somewhat in recent years and the species has returned to occupy many of its former haunts.

Urban Foxes - your questions answered
Photo Andrew Kelly
How do I keep foxes out of my garden?
For many people, being able to watch a fox at close quarters is a lovely, sought after experience, but for others it seems to cause a lot of concern and distress.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions at the moment so we've put together a new webpage to try and answer the most common questions.
There are also a list of links at the end of the page to a selection of other sites that deal with the issue. The most detailed one being 'Wildlife Online'
Gulls - their behaviour explained
Photo Andrew Kelly
Does this gull need rescuing?
Gulls are some of the most dedicated parents you will find in the bird world. They have been forced to adapt to urban life as their natural coastal habitats are being destroyed by coastal defences and cleansing of the cliff faces to remove their nesting sites. As a result many of these gulls have adapted and now live on roof tops in towns and villages.
The Herring Gull is Red-listed in Ireland due to a large decline in the breeding population. All birds are protected even those often referred to as pest species such as pigeons, rooks, crows, and gulls.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service have an excellent webpage devoted to advice on Gulls. Click here to get an insight into the urban gull If you do find a genuinely injured gull, call a rehabiliator on the contacts page of www.irishwildlifematters.ie
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Dublin
Wildlife Photography Exhibition
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (WPY) is coming to Dublin for the first time since its 49 year existence.
The WPY is organised by the Natural History Museum in London and the BBC Wildlife Magazine. It’s a world-class exhibition, which travels around the world. The images show outstanding wildlife pictures captured in their natural environment.
Irish photographer, Peter Delaney, is a runner-up finalist in this year’s exhibition.
WRI's annual conference - except 2014!
WRI's next Conference to be held in 2015
Thanks to those of you who have contacted us re the date for our next Conference. For a number of reasons we have postponed it until 2015;
We have a large waiting list for our Wildlife COURSE so have been hosting that regularly this year, we have published last year's survey (see above), and we are working on many other wildlife projects this year instead.
The 2013 Wildlife Crime Conference was a long overdue event and so well attended that the 2015 Conference will be another Crime Conf to highlight the progress made since 2013, and again to bring together a large number of different agencies and individuals with a shared determination to tackle wildlife crime in Ireland.
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