WRI e-newsletter
June 2020
NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Conference Date: October 2020
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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 Wildlife Courses & Events

We'll be back    
Many thanks to all of you for your enquiries about when we'll be resuming our courses; it's lovely to hear your enthusiasm. We hope to hold at least one course, another few webinars, a heritage week event, teaching sessions in UCD vet college, and of course our conference mentioned above, all before the end of the year - Covid restrictions permitting.
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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
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Lamping to hunt protected animals       
[2017] In June 28th 2017, Luigi Iafrate of Dublin Street, Monasterevin, Co Kildare; Thomas Delaney of Coole, Monasterevin, Co Kildare; Noel O’Connor of Courtwood, Ballybrittas, Co Laois were charged by Superintendent Martin Walker of An Garda Síochána in Glenties District Court, Donegal. They each faced a series of charges relating to illegal hunting of foxes and the alleged illegal hunting of deer in Oct 2015. Judge Paul Kelly dismissed the deer poaching charges and instead gave them the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act if they each paid €500 to charity.
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
Illegal Shooting of Crows

Shooting of protected species  
Wildlife crime is now being recognised as a common occurrence in Ireland, this is a disgrace, and the perpetrators are confident there will be no consequences to their actions; this needs to change. See this crow footage.
Wildlife need your help.
Under the terms of the EU Birds Directive, all EU member States, including Ireland, are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. The Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures where certain wild bird species are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety.
Killing of ANY birds other than in accordance with these licences is ILLEGAL  - if you  witness a suspicious event - REPORT IT to the NPWS & the Gardai, and email nature.conservation@chg.gov.ie 
Report Sick Hares & Rabbits to NPWS
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Deadly virus potentially spreading 

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHD2) is in the Irish hare population and is potentially catastrophic for this iconic protected Irish mammal.

The disease was first reported in domestic rabbits in China in 1984 and killed millions of animals within a year of its discovery. It has been confirmed in Cork, Clare, Leitrim, Offaly, Wicklow and Wexford since mid 2019 but testing is underway of 2 hares found in North Co Dublin last week.

Symptoms can be very variable; swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth. In the latter stages - going out into the open and convulsing before dying due to internal bleeding and organ failure. Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms at all.

The disease causes no threat to human health and it is safe to handle infected or dead rabbits and hares.  The public is asked to be on high alert and to report any sightings of suspected diseased rabbits and hares by contacting the NPWS and email
Book: The Wild Food Plants of Ireland
The complete guide to their recognition, foraging, cooking, history and conservation

This book is best regarded as a type of treasure map, leading readers on a journey of discovery to unearth the nutritious, unusual wild foods that are growing all around us.
It also serves a more serious mission of educating us on the wild ancestors of the worryingly-few plant varieties used in modern agriculture.
Just 30 crops provide 95 per cent of the world’s nutritional needs. If these were to fail, our best hope of avoiding chronic food shortages might be to return to our ancestral food plants, in the hopes that their genetic diversity could offer solutions to whatever pest, disease or climate alteration had wiped out the modern agricultural cultivars. Read More..
Birdwatch Ireland Meath’s New Website

All about Birds - where to watch them, webinars, and more..

Birdwatch Ireland Meath (BWI-M) Branch has launched a new and exciting website!
BWI-M was founded in 2011 to promote and protect the unique array of birds and ecology of Meath. Through events, outings and talks we hope our efforts will make people appreciate this more and strengthen protections against its destruction.
Check it out www.birdwatchirelandmeath.com
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
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Did you know

Despite its impressive size, the buzzard is not a major predator, preferring a diet of carrion (dead animals) and earthworms. The buzzard's enthusiasm for eating carrion makes it especially vulnerable to poison baits.  Among the more unusual items recorded as being killed and eaten by buzzards are frogs and dung beetles. 
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