WRI e-newsletter
May 2017
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Fundraiser - CYCLE in ICELAND!
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Six days, Icelandic cycle, for Ireland's wildlife
Another plug for this cycle challenge, for the benefit of those who have just signed up to our newsletter, in case you don't start by reading our archive editions!
Accept the Iceland Fire and Ice Cycle Challenge and help us build a Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital for sick or orphaned wildlife.

For details on the Iceland Fire and Ice Cycle (5-10 Sept 2017) Visit:www.charitychallenge.com

NEWS - General
Agile otters

Otters climbing 
Some fascinating information from The International Otter Survival Fund, which wildlife rehabilitators may want to take heed of if they want to keep their otters inside their enclosures until they are ready for release!
'It is well known that otters can climb fences which is why we have overhangs on our otter pens to prevent them climbing out.  But a recent video from Singapore showed two smooth-coated otters climbing a ladder out of a drain
This was also seen in Kyle of Lochalsh, where an otter regularly climbed the ladders up to the pier.  We have also seen an otter squeeze up between a fishing boat and the pier side to get on to a fishing boat with a friendly fisherman. The otter used a technique similar to that used by climbers when they are climbing chimneys on difficult routes, which involves bracing yourself between the two solid sides and pushing upwards!  But it was well worth it for the otter as he had a special relationship with the fisherman who would always throw him a few bits of fish.  Amazing to watch.
NPWS Wildlife Crime Prosecution - gulls

Man will avoid jail for disturbing a seagull’s nest and eggs if he gives money to children’s hospital
Convicting people of wildlife crimes is extremely difficult and a huge amount of effort goes into it.
A filling station owner, who has admitted to disturbing a seagull’s nest and three eggs, has been given a chance by a judge to escape prison sentence. Colin Hughes was told by District Court Judge John O’Neill that if he paid €500 to the Crumlin Children’s Hospital he would consider striking out the two charges of disturbing and removing the nest and eggs. Mr Hughes today denied he destroyed the nest. Judge O’Neill stroke out a third charge of destroying the birds’ habitation, which was on the roof of his Texaco store, Dublin Street, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.
Find the full article at the Wildlife Crime Ireland website under the 'Case Details' tab on the 'Prosecutions' page.  

RSPB Legal Eagle

A selection of wildlife crime investigation cases from the UK and further afield
February 2017 Edition of the RSPB's investigations newsletter Legal Eagle

Help needed to gather data from nesting gulls
  © Graham Prole
Have you got gulls nesting on your roof?  
The relationship between man and gull can be fraught because gulls like all parents will vigorously defend their young and may swoop at anyone who comes too close to their nest or chicks.
Unfortunately in recent years the gulls' natural urge to protect their young has resulted in disproportionate criticism of gulls and calls for a cull.
Despite the criticism of our urban gulls very little study has been undertaken on them in Ireland. The Irish Midlands Ringing Group (IMRG) is undertaking a colour ringing study of urban gulls this summer. All gulls and their active nests are protected by law in Ireland so IMRG members are licensed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to catch and ring gulls.
Re-sightings of the ringed birds will be used to build up a comprehensive picture of the behaviour and lifecycle of individual birds. This project will provide detailed information on the population, behaviour and habitat impact of urban gull in Dublin.

Please e-mail IMRG at medgullring@gmail.com if you think you can assist us by granting access to a roof top with breeding gulls where we can ring gull chicks.
Help the pollinators - grow a meadow

Creation and Management of a Wildflower Meadow - a How-to-Guide

Just released by the National Biodiversity Data Centre this How-To-Guide explains step by step how to create a wildlflower meadow. Perfect if your local community group, business or residents' association are considering a wildflower project.
If we want to ensure our pollinators are there when we need them, providing enough food (flowers) is key. Planting a native wildflower meadow can help, but creating a sustainable, pollinator friendly meadow is more complex than most people realise. That is why the experts at EcoSeeds have collaborated with the Pollinator Plan to help produce this How-to-Guide. It will help you plan for and carry out your wildflower project.
An online animal cruelty prevention and education program

A groundbreaking new American initiative to rehabilitate animal abusers

Inspiring Change Through Knowledge:  Benchmark Animal Rehabilitative Curriculum (B.A.R.C.) is a powerful and comprehensive online course designed to inspire change in attitudes and actions toward animals in individuals who have mistreated them. Through the use of text, videos, articles, quizzes, and a final exam, B.A.R.C.’s educational and informative curriculum is intended to create a positive change in behavior by increasing students’ awareness of the value and needs of all sentient beings, and an understanding of the potential consequences of failing to meet those needs.
For more details go to www.barceducation.org
New Nature Book

A new book by Pádraic Fogarty, of the Irish Wildlife Trust

In his new book; Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature, Pádraic Fogarty issues a provocative call to arms and presents an alternative path that could lead us all to a brighter future.
The book charts how the grim failure to manage our natural resources has impoverished our country.
In Ireland the model of nature protection follows the lines of ‘designation – procrastination –fulmination – compensation’. This formula has left nature being seen as a problem, not a solution.
For more details or to purchase the book go to www.iwt.ie
Bat Rehabilitation & Conservation Grants
Funding from Bat Conservation Ireland
In 2016 Bat Conservation Ireland (BCI) funded 7 projects under the 2016 Bat Conservation Ireland Grants. These projects varied from A Family Fun Day hosted by the Galway Bat Group, to furnishing a new bat roost in a agricultural shed, a bat box scheme for Shrule Tidy Towns and genetic research on Leisler’s bat and lesser horseshoe bats to name but a few.
After a successful 2016, the Grants are open for 2017. For more information see 'Bat Grants' on BCI's website www.batconservationireland.org
DEADLINE 23rd May 2017
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