WRI e-newsletter
May 2020
NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Conference Date Announcement: 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 coming soon!..
Location: Curragh Camp, Co Kildare
Date24th & 25th October
Register HERE
Does that bird really need ‘rescuing’
@ Paul Troake

Most fledglings don’t need our help    
A very important reminder and flow chart from Bird Watch Ireland - it's perfectly normal for fledglings to spend a day or two on the ground before they can fly. This is part of their natural development. Think before removing a fledgling from its area. Please see this helpful guide.
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: NPWS
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Shooting of protected species       
[2017] In February 2017 Richard Hanna, Ringsford Close, Balrothery, Co Dublin, was convicted by Judge Dempsey of shooting two protected bird species; a brent goose and a shelduck, and fined €100 for each offence.
"I thought all my birthdays had come at once as I killed six birds with two shots," Hanna told Balbriggan District Court. Defence solicitor Morgan Redmond told the court the defendant acknowledged shooting the birds and putting the photos up on Facebook, and claimed he genuinely did not believe the brent goose and shelduck were protected species.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
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
Chinese government buyout of wildlife farms
@ Chinese bamboo partridge. Image by Ishikawa Ken / Flickr

China offers buyouts to wildlife farmers in response to pandemic

Some wild animals may continue to be legally farmed, but the Chinese government will offer payment to farmers of at least 14 wild species, including king ratsnakes, bamboo rats, Asian palm civet cats, Chinese muntjac deer, and Chinese bamboo partridges.
However there is a big loophole in the buyout plan: farmers will be able to continue farming wild animals for traditional Chinese medicine, the fur industry or entertainment purposes.

Once the animals are purchased by the government, they face one of three fates; in certain circumstances they will be released back into the wild, but most animals will be allotted to industries such as zoos and research facilities, or simply culled. 
 Read More Here
New book Gardening for Biodiversity
7 ways to attract more wildlife to your garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then you’re probably finding that you are spending more time there than usual – and with spring having well and truly sprung you may be looking for ways to get the most out of it.

A fantastic new booklet written by Juanita Browne and beautifully illustrated by Barry Reynolds is full of great information on how to attract more wildlife to your garden, from encouraging the growth of wildflowers and planting trees to creating a welcoming environment for birds and other animals.

Gardening for Biodiversity is available as a free ebook and if you live in Dublin you get a copy in the post by emailing heritage@dublincity.ie
Juanita has also produced a lovely free ‘Badger Diary’ children's book available to download at www.naturenerd.ie all about badgers going about their interesting lives and looking for food, having families and making their homes. Beautiful illustrations by Ger O'Brien
Swift Rehabilitation
@ David Morton

@ Mícheál Casey
Swift Care & Conservation

They're back! Swifts are with us for just 3-4 months each Summer bringing spectacular action and excitement to our skies.
Swifts come to Ireland to breed. They arrive in late April and leave in late August. They are faithful to their nest sites and once they've found a place to nest, they return every year for the rest of their lives.      
The swift is of conservation concern in Ireland because its population has declined by over 40% in the last 15 years so we wanted to let you know of various online resources providing advice and information about rehabilitation & conservation for Swifts across Ireland and Internationally.
There are swift rehabilitators on our Irish Wildlife Matters website and Swift Conservation Ireland.
BirdWatch Ireland Swift Conservation Project has an Online Survey for sighting submissions and an interesting swift blog.
In the UK there is Swift Conservation and in Spain - Falciot Vencejo Swift Rehabilitation
(Apologies, and feel free to contact us if you work with swifts and we've not included you in this list.)
Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Pine Marten website
@ Ger Rogan - sighting of pine marten radio collared and tracked to this tree!
Using the internet to meet the conservation challenges of a recovering native carnivore

The pine marten population in Ireland has recovered from the brink of extinction in the 1970s. Despite being one of Ireland’s few positive wildlife conservation stories, its return has been marred by misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about the animal’s behaviour. In response to the need for reliable material on the species, the Vincent Wildlife Trust developed a website www.pinemarten.ie in partnership with the NPWS.
The website provides factual information targeted at four groups: Journalists; Householders; Gun Clubs and Poultry Keepers; and Foresters and Farmers. Journalists can use the website to access evidence-based data and licenced photographs for articles. Individuals from the other three groups often have direct contact with the species, so the website contains instructions for reducing potential conflict during these encounters. Information is provided on the marten’s place in Irish history and folklore, as well as the potential for ecotourism and habitat improvement, and visitors can submit sightings and queries. We hope this resource will encourage people to view the pine marten’s return as a conservation success story in an age of biodiversity crises.
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
@ The Mammal Society
Did you know

Unlike many other animals, common shrews neither store food nor hibernate. Instead, they adapt in a completely different way: After their birth in summer, they grow rapidly to a maximum size. But in autumn, they begin to shrink and lose approximately ten to 20 percent of their body weight. Not only fat and muscle mass is reduced; internal organs such as the brain also shrink. From February onwards, the shrews begin to grow again until they reach their maximum size in spring.
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