WRI e-newsletter
November 2014
Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
22 CVE Credits!!
Course Date Announcement
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to announce that the next ‘Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course’ will be held on the 24th and 25th January 2015, 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; click on the 'registration' tab on the Course website. Click HERE to go to the Course website
Where to watch wildlife in winter
photo © Mícheál Casey  
Where to watch Barnacle Geese
The Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis) which winter in Ireland, together with those in north-western and northern Scotland and the small outlying flock in Wales, represent the entire breeding population from north-east Greenland. 
The Sligo population in Ballygilgan Nature Reserve (Lissadell)is Ireland's seconds largest flock, and has increased from a low of 250 around 1970 to over 3,000 today, which winter in north-west Sligo, from October to April.

To find out more about Ballygilgan Reserve Click HERE
More winter bird watching opportunities
photo © Andrew Kelly
Where to watch Greenland White-fronted geese & Whooper Swans
Situated on the south eastern end of the Slaney region in Castlebridge, County Wexford, lies the Wexford Slobs and Wildfowl Reserve, an internationally renowned wild bird sanctuary. On the 4th of November there were 5,380 Greenland White-fronted geese on the North Slob.
Whooper Swans are also there in good numbers, over 120 at last count, they also fly over from Iceland and winter here, and in many other places all round Ireland. Up to 600 Whooper Swans from Iceland winter in the Reserve, feeding on the fields.
To find out more about Wexford Slobs and Wildfowl Reserve Click HERE
Whale & dolphin watching in winter 
photo © Andrew Kelly
Where to watch whales in Ireland
Our waters are home to more than two dozen species of marine mammals - including humpback whales, common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, killer whales, bottlenose dolphins to name but a few.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have a map of the best spots for land-based whale-watching are, and a list of whale watching tours that have accepted the IWDG's best practice guidelines which minimises your impact on the cetaceans observed.
The IWDG actually recommends winter as one of the best times to go out “the potential rewards for whale watchers prepared to brave the cold is immense.”
To find out more about whale and dolphin watching in Ireland Click HERE

Documentary Feature Film 'LANUGO'
'LANUGO' The Great Grey Seal / 100 Years 100 Voices
This independent production celebrates and marks the Centenary of the Grey Seals (Protection) Act 1914, the first wildlife legislation in protection of a species. The title 'LANUGO' refers to the white fluffy coat that grey seal pups are born with. Moulting this after roughly 16 days, the pups are weaned from their mothers' milk and venture out to sea.
Gathering the thoughts and concerns of informed, modern conservationists, driven by their knowledge and experience of a world shared with Grey Seals, this film explores uncharted territory.
Showing: Dec 13th and 17th in the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, Dublin.
RSVP to: selkiefilms@gmail.com or Phone: 0857352738 or 0873245423 Click HERE to see YouTube clip 
Don’t just watch wildlife; get involved!
photo © Seal Rescue Ireland
Winter seal appeal
Seal Rescue Ireland are looking for committed reliable members of the public, wildlife rehabilitators, and veterinary professionals around the coast willing to assist with observation, rescue and/or transport of sick, injured and orphan seals. Training can be provided at the sanctuary in Wexford.

They are also keen to hear from anyone with a rehabilitation facility willing to assist through the busy winter season with holding and stabilising seals overnight, or for several days until fit for transport to Wexford. Full training on equipment requirements, safe handling and seal specific knowledge would be provided - contact via email: sealrescueireland@gmail.com or Phone: 087 1955 393
Click HERE to find out more about Seal Rescue Ireland
Sponsor a casualty this Christmas
photo © KAF

Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Sponsorship packs
Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit has just launched their new wildlife sponsorship packages.
A great way to help KAF Wildlife Unit continue their work is to sponsor one of their patients for a season. These packages would make a great gift and all proceeds from the sale of each pack will help rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned patients for their return to the wild.
To find out more Click HERE
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