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July 2020
NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Wildlife Webinar: August 2020



Q&A with vet Vicki Baldrey on injured Hedgehogs    
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is excited to introduce our second 'Wildlife Matters' Webinar.
Guest Speaker for this webinar will be Vicki Baldrey, an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
Many of you will already know Vicki as we're lucky enough to have her as an Instructor for our WRI Wildlife Courses.

Vicki will be online to answer any of your wildlife questions relating to the article 'Hedgehogs – a practical approach to common presentations', by Aoife Hand MVB, published in July's edition of the Veterinary Ireland Journal.
Audience: Recommended for vets, vet nurses and wildlife rehabilitators
Date: Monday 10th August
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Fee: €15
Accreditation: 1 CVE Credit
NB: Please read Aoife's Article in advance.
Feel free to  submit questions in advance to wri.dand@gmail.com
WRI Conference Date: October 2020
@ www.akellyphoto.ie


Wildlife Crime & Conservation Conference 2020 - Crimes against Wildlife, & Mitigation for Wildlife Protection
Human activity, deliberate or otherwise, continues to have a negative impact on Ireland's environment and wildlife; the aim of this conference is to identify some of the threats, problems, and solutions to resolve this.
Wildlife suffer not only from intentional harm and persecution such as poisoning and illegal hunting and trapping, but also from habitat destruction and continuing human encroachment on their dwindling wild spaces through insensitive farming practices and ill-considered building construction, and through expansion of our transport infrastructure.
Finding solutions will require new ideas and approaches beyond existing conservation practices and protections, as well as increased engagement from communities, NGO's and local and national government. A new strategy is needed - the Conference will be a two-day event that will explore these issues and work towards a strategy to create an environment of planned co-existence rather than inadvertent conflict with nature.
More details on our website
Location: Curragh Camp, Co Kildare
Date24th & 25th October
Register HERE
WRI joins PAW Ireland

WRI joins a forum to tackle wildlife crime, and fundraising campaign for Crime Reporting App!
The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Ireland, (PAW Ireland) was launched earlier this month. PAW Ireland brings together conservationists, land managers, welfare groups and statutory agencies with the common goal of tackling crimes against wildlife through awareness, engagement, and monitoring.
Wildlife crime in Ireland is currently under reported, under resourced, and therefore poorly enforced. To help fulfil its key objective to tackle wildlife crime, PAW Ireland is initiating a Wildlife Crime Reporting app, the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.  
You need not feel powerless when these wildlife crime attrocities occur - the app will help minimise cruelty, torture, maiming and killing of innocent wildlife, we need 3,000 Euro a year to create and maintain this App - Donate here
WRI needs Volunteers!

Dive right in!
WRI is growing and we need your help. We are looking for the following volunteers; an Events Manager, Newsletter Writer, Tech Coordinator (Zoom, Webinars etc.) a Grant Writer, and Wildlife Helpline Volunteers (one 4 hour shift per week).
If you think you have the skills required for any of these roles and have always wanted to help wildlife, please email volunteerwri2@gmail.com for an application form stating which role you are interested in.

We ask people to only apply if you can commit for at least 6 months and at least 2-4 hours per week. Please note that all roles are remote at this time.
Convicting people of wildlife crimes is extremely difficult and time consuming, so each month we're going to draw your attention to interesting cases (both old and new).
Continuing our tales of Past Prosecutions - this month we go back to 2017
Wildlife Crime Prosecution: An Garda Síochána

Illegal deer hunting with dogs       
[2017] In July 25th 2017, Keith O’Dwyer (27), of Glenview, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary; Dean Murphy (25) of Ballyrichard Court, Carrick-on-Suir; and Jamie Regan (28) of Comeragh View, Carrick-on-Suir were charged by Sgt Barry Boland of An Garda Síochána in Clonmel District Court.
They each faced a series of charges relating to a horrific case of illegally hunting and killing wild Irish deer, using dogs, and causing them unnecessary suffering, between September of 2014 and January of 2015. The crimes were uncovered during the garda’s Operation Bambi investigation into deer poaching. O’Dwyer and Murphy had previous convictions for a list of offences including assault and drug possession.
A charge against Regan of possession of cocaine was adjourned for a year to allow him to collect €2,000 for a charity dealing with victims of drug crime. All three were told to pay €1,000 each to animal welfare organisations within the next nine months.
More Info - 'Case Details' tab on the 'Prosecutions' page of wildlifecrime.ie
Wildlife Crime Ireland website offers:
    Basic information on wildlife crime
    Links to further information
    Advice on Recognising & Recording a crime
    Contact details for Reporting a wildlife crime
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
 @ www.akellyphoto.com
Did you know

The yellowness of a male blue tit's breast is an indication of the number of yellowy-green caterpillars he has eaten, and a brighter breast is more attractive to females. 
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