WRI e-newsletter
June 2019
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Advanced Wildlife Veterinary Treatment Course

Course for veterinary professionals  **29th June**
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.
Topics include: common conditions, fracture management, hospitalisation considerations, postoperative care and more..

Credits: 11 CVE credits
Venue: Ashbourne, Co Meath
Date: 29th June  

Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

Course date announcement  - **November**
This 'Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation' 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 open to anyone - regardless of your wildlife experience.
Credits: 22.5 CVE credits
Venue: Ashbourne, Co Meath
Date: 30th November & 1st Dec  
Convicting people of wildlife crimes is extremely difficult
and a huge amount of effort goes into it, so each month we're going to draw your attention to the cases we've been told about (both old and new)
Wildlife Crime Prosecution: NPWS

Hunting hares without a licence
[2007] Farmer and chairman of the Westmeath United Coursing Club Brendan Farrelly of Riverdale, Raharney, Co Westmeath was found guilty of hunting hares without a licence. 
Judge John Neilan was told that one of the hares was in such a poor state that it was unable to move and had to be removed and euthanased by a vet.
Congratulations to investigating Rangers John Matthews and Tríona Finnen for this successful outcome.
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
Countering Cybercrime
Illegally traded exotic turtles are still popular as pets in Europe. © Martin Harvey - WWF

EU initiative to counter surging wildlife cybercrime
The internet provides wildlife traffickers access to a vast international marketplace—one without borders that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, where wildlife cybercriminals exploit the anonymity afforded to them online. Detecting and disrupting wildlife cybercrime is a critical component to ensure the survival of endangered and threatened wild animals.
This project will help train customs, police and other enforcement officers across the EU to detect and deter wildlife trafficking.
A 2018 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) report, Disrupt: Wildlife Cybercrime, identified more than 8000 endangered and threatened specimens online in just 6 weeks.

Drones as Fire Fighting Tool 

Drones to be used to tackle forest fires this summer
Coillte and the NPWS are hoping drones will act as their “eye in the sky” giving them early warnings of fires and saving valuable time in preventing fires taking hold over large areas.
Drones can also be equipped with infrared cameras that peer through smoke, as well as sensors for wind direction and other weather variables that affect how fires spread. Read more..
Wildlife Warning Sign for UK

New road sign to improve road safety and protect animals
A new traffic sign featuring a hedgehog will soon appear on roads across the UK to warn drivers of potential hazards from small wildlife.
The warning is also designed to reverse the decline in small wildlife numbers, especially hedgehogs – whose population in rural areas has halved since 2000. Read more..
Guide to Saving Swifts
Everyone can do something to help

The Swift is a summer migrant that breeds throughout Europe and much of Asia and winters in southern Africa. In recent decades Swift numbers have been in decline throughout many parts of their range, including Ireland.
Birdwatch Ireland have created a Saving Swifts Guide for anyone who wants to take practical measures to help Swifts, at a small or large scale. Whether you are a home owner or business person hoping to provide a nest site at your property, or a local authority motivated to include provision for Swifts in County Development Plans.
To ensure there is a single national Swift dataset please submit all casual Swift sightings and nest site records through the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Swift recording platform.
Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly monitoring

Butterfly Monitoring Lullymore West Bog - July 2nd. The butterfly monitoring will take 1 hour and will give you a great opportunity to learn to identify the different species of butterfly in Ireland. Over 20 butterfly species are recorded on this site annually.  
Contact Irish Peatland Conservation Council in advance for details on 045-860133 or bogs@ipcc.ie
Further information and events can be found on Butterfly Conservation Ireland's website.
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
Did you know

The bluish tint of a lobster’s blood is due to the presence of copper found in the blue haemocyanin molecule in their blood.
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