WRI e-newsletter
December 2017
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
Wildlife teaching sessions in UCD vet school
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The future looks brighter for injured wildlife!
WRI were delighted to be invited for a third year running, to provide practical and theory sessions on wildlife first aid and treatment, to UCD veterinary and veterinary nursing students.
The students were a pleasure to teach - enthusiastic, interested and keen to participate.
We encouraged the students to provide feedback for us, here are a couple of responses:
"I would like wildlife to be part of the curriculum as it is extremely important that people in this career know how to deal with a major component of our eco-system"
"I think it's essential [for wildlife to be part of the vet/vet nursing curriculum] as wildife casualties are often brought into practices or people phone asking for advice and VN's [veterinary nurses] can really help with first aid etc"
WRI's Wildlife Courses

It's been a while but we'll be back.. 
We're delighted with the interest in our Wildlife Courses and just want to reassure all of you who have been in touch that, despite the lack of courses this year, we'll be back running new and improved!! courses next year so thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you there.
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NEWS - General
Wild animals to be officially banned in Irish circuses
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From January 2018, the use of wild animals in circuses will be banned in Ireland! 
Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture has signed the new legislation and said, “The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in circuses can no longer be permitted. This is the general view of the public at large and a position I am happy to endorse.”
.. the legislation is “reflective of the Government’s commitment to animal welfare,” Creed noted. To read the full article click HERE
Raptor persecution in Northern Ireland

Not just raptor crime - cases involving hares, elephants and bats   
In this issue of the RSPB's Investigations Newsletter:
Fires wipe out hen harrier nests in Northern Ireland - A huge fire in the Slieve Beagh Special Protection Area (SPA) in May destroyed at least two active hen harrier nests.

Young red kite found shot in County Down - RSPB Northern Ireland and the PSNI made an appeal for information after a young red kite was found dead in County Down in August 2017.

The Legal Eagle newsletter welcome contributions and invites people to 'let us know about wildlife crime initiatives, news, events and prosecutions in your force' Email jenny.shelton@rspb.org.uk 

UK Birdcrime facts and figures
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RSPB Birdcrime
The 'Birdcrime Report' 2016 is a focus on raptor persecution in the UK.
Birdcrime summarises offences against wild bird legislation that are reported to the RSPB each year. It has been published annually since 1990 and is the only centralised source of incident data for UK wild bird crime.
The RSPB’s Birdcrime report came out on 1st of November 2017, detailing the number of confirmed UK bird of prey persecution incidents in 2016. There were 40 shooting, 22 poisoning, 15 trapping and four other incidents, and victims included hen harriers, peregrine falcons, red kites and buzzards.
Despite this, there wasn’t a single raptor persecution related prosecution in 2016 – the first time this has happened in 30 years.

Winter Garden Bird Survey
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Winter visitors 
Between December and February BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) are asking members of the public to keep note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their garden every week.  BWI also ask for information on the size of the garden being surveyed, the kinds of food, if any, being offered to the birds, and so on.  Taking part is fun, easy and an ideal way to get to know your garden birds better; it also makes an ideal school project.
For more information or to register your sighting visit BirdWatch Ireland's Garden Bird Survey
New TV series for young nature enthusiasts
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Call out for kids who love nature and wildlife
GMarsh TV Productions are researching for a new pre-school nature series for RTEjr looking at the exciting creatures under our nose! Is there an animal, bug, bird that you just have to tell the world about?
If you get excited about the nature that lives right under your nose then GMarsh TV want to hear from you! If you have children under the age of 7, then film a short clip of them telling us about their favourite wildlife discoveries and send it to info@gmarshtv.ie
Irish Raptor Study Group Conference
The agenda is published for the 2018 IRSG conference

The Irish Raptor Study Group Conference 2018 is a one day conference that is open to all, you don't have to be a member. The conference will provide an update on some of the latest bird of prey research from within Ireland and the UK.
Saturday 27th January 2018, Green Isle Hotel, Dublin
Email secretary@irsg.ie to register
Plight of the Hen Harrier in Ireland
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A pre-emptive obituary, or a last ditch cry for help

Our hen harriers and the farmed landscape on which they depend is in serious trouble -
Dr Mark Avery's - Standing up for Nature blog features an excellent guest blog by current IRSG Chairman Ryan Wilson-Parr, stating the hard facts about the devastating impact of forestry on upland high nature value farmland and the desperate plight of our hen harrier in Ireland.
There is a real need to highlight the combined adverse effects of unrelenting persecution in Britain and habitat loss to forestry in Ireland on the hen harrier meta-population. Our Irish upland conservation crisis is part of a bigger upland socio-economic/ecosystem services and sustainability issue - one all our governments and the European Commission need to recognise and resolve.
Read Ryan's Hen Harrier Blog for updates.
Attracting birds to your garden
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How to attract birds to your garden and keep them safe

Ireland may have considerably fewer breeding birds than England, Scotland, and Wales, but at over 450 recorded bird species currently calling the Emerald Isle home, it is no surprise that, as a nation, the Irish are seasoned bird lovers. 
Ireland’s offshore islands and coastline is home to some of the world’s most prolific breeding seabird colonies, while residential gardens often offer safe sanctuaries to a variety of birds ranging from wood pigeons to robins and wrens.
It is the responsibility of every bird enthusiast to ensure that their homes and gardens are as bird-safe as possible with extra attention needed on bird-proofing your windows.
Click HERE to read Sally Perkins' article.
And Finally..
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Did you know

A blue whale's tongue alone can weigh as much as an elephant—its heart as much as an automobile.
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