WRI e-newsletter
August 2020
NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Conference 2020 will be an Online Event



Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to make our WRI conference 2020 a virtual event
The conference was planned to take place at the Curragh Camp in County Kildare on 24th & 25th October. Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation (over the past weeks we have seen increased infection rate in Ireland and abroad) we have decided to put safety first and host this year’s conference online.
Dates, times and program haven’t changed and you can still sign up HERE.
Wildlife Crime App Update

Wildlife Crime App to be launched at Conference
The Wildlife Crime App is currently being field tested by volunteers and will be launched for everybody at WRI's Wildlife Crime & Conservation Conference on the 24th and 25th October. Until then we still need your help as we have only reached 50% of our funding goal so far - Donate here
To learn more about PAW Ireland and the Wildlife Crime App have a listen to RTE's Mooney Goes Wild show, and read the AgriLand article
Heritage Week
@ www.akellyphoto.com

Wildlife videos for Heritage Week
To celebrate Heritage Week 2020 we posted a series of wildlife clips on our Instagram page Enjoy..
Mobile Home Wanted

Do you have a mobile home you'd like to donate to WRI?
We're looking for a Mobile Home, in perfect condition please, for accomodation for volunteers. It'll be located in North Co Dublin.
If you can help, we'd love to hear from you so drop us an email at office@wri.ie
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 2019
Wildlife Crime Prosecution: NPWS
@ www.akellyphoto.com

Illegal hunting of a protected species       
[2019] On 7th June 2019 three gamekeepers; William Kett from Viewmount Drive, Stradbally, Co Waterford, Daniel Kubiena of Cnoc Aoibhinn, Cork Hill, Youghal, County Cork and Mark Casey; were found guilty of illegaly hunting a protected species.
The trio had been hunting otter in September 2017. The incident was investigated by conservation ranger Brian Duffy and subsequently brought to the Youghal district court. William Kett was fined €500, Kubiena pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Kett and was fined €300 while Casey was directed to pay €250 to the Irish Wildlife Trust.
The Irish otter is protected under Section 23 (5A) of the Wildlife Acts and because of this protection has one of the most stable populations in Europe.
More Info - 'Case Details' tab on the 'Prosecutions' page of www.wildlifecrime.ie
Another Mass Stranding Event
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
Speculation on causes of strandings

On 19th August a number of Northern Bottlenose Whales, the largest of the beaked whale species, were reported to have live-stranded at Rossnowlagh, County Donegal.
This is a deep diving species that lives well offshore and usually can’t be found in coastal waters. This is only the latest in a long list of live-stranding events in Ireland which have been associated with military sonar. Animals exposed to sonar waves can sustain internal injuries which eventually causes them to strand. In this latest stranding event 7 Northern Bottlenose Dolphins died despite attempts to refloat the animals.
The Donegal stranding is part of an unusual series of strandings and sightings of 29 rare beaked whales which has taken place around the shores of northern Europe over the past 2 weeks.
Ireland's Nature Stories
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
 @ www.carstenkrieger.photography
All about seals

Ireland’s Nature Stories is a new website dedicated to Ireland’s nature and wildlife and from now on we will share a nature story every month. This month we will have a look at one of Ireland’s best loved mammals… seals
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