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August 2017
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Wildlife Crime Awareness Campaign
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Spread the word about wildlife crime
In 2015 WRI organised the second of its Irish Wildlife Crime conferences. These conferences provided a unique opportunity for government agencies, NGOs, professional bodies, voluntary groups and individuals to share their experience and expertise in this field. A major outcome of the conference was the need to implement a Wildlife Crime Awareness Campaign.

As a result, WRI has launched a new website to help tackle wildlife crime - www.wildlifecrime.ie 
The new Wildlife Crime Ireland website contains information about wildlife crime, practical advice on recognising and recording a suspected wildlife crime, along with contact details for reporting it as quickly as possible.
A detailed leaflet on Wildlife Crime has also been created and this along with other publications on Wildlife Crime, can be downloaded from the website.

To kick off the awareness raising campaign, WRI will distribute over 20,000 leaflets on Wildlife Crime. These will be sent to: veterinary practices, garda stations, libraries, outdoor organisations, gun clubs, schools, to name a few.
This is in an effort to raise public awareness about what is legal and what isn’t, to hopefully increase the reporting of incidents to the authorities, provide data to assist enforcement, and ultimately to reduce the often barbaric incidents of wildlife crime perpetrated in Ireland.
Thanks to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use for help with this initiative.

Survey on Wildlife Conference 2018

We want your ideas/suggestions for our next Wildlife Conference 
It has been encouraging to receive the numerous queries as to when we're holding our next Wildlife Conference; we're glad you enjoy them!
We really enjoy putting the programme together and do heed the suggestions from the evaluation forms that attendees fill in. This year however we've decided to open the suggestions to a wider audience i.e. all you newsletter subscribers, to hear your thoughts on topics, timings etc.
If you want to attend - please let us know what you want! Help us to help you by filling in this SHORT SURVEY
NEWS - General
Discovery of Irish Deep-Sea Corals

Discovery of the deepest ever Irish corals 
A team of marine scientists led by the Marine Institute with the National Parks and Wildlife Services have discovered the deepest known occurrence of a cold water coral reef in Irish waters at depths of 1600m. The deep-sea coral Solenosmilia variabilis is widespread, normally seen at depths between 1000 and 1300 m, but only occasionally forms reefs. For more information go to www.marine.ie
Plant Trees Without Doing the Work

Plant trees while you search the web: Use ecosia! 
Ecosia is a free search engine that plants trees with its ad revenue. The German social business run by a small group of dedicated people empowers everyone to easily do good by planting trees - simply by searching the web. Ecosia was founded in 2009 and upon funding its one-millionth tree in November 2014, Ecosia announced its mission to plant 1 billlion trees by 2020. Help to achieve the goal and get the free browser extension. For more information go to www.info.ecosia.org/what
An Garda Síochána Wildlife Crime Prosecution

Illegal lamping to hunt protected animals
Convicting people of wildlife crimes is extremely difficult and a huge amount of effort goes into it.
Three men were convicted of illegal lamping to hunt a wild animal  They each faced a series of charges relating to illegal hunting of foxes and the alleged illegal hunting of deer. The men were Luigi Iafrate (62) of Dublin Street, Monasterevin; Thomas Delaney (69), of Coole, Monasterevin; Noel O‟Connor (55) of Courtwood, Ballybrittas, Co Laois; and Paul Kelly (27) of Old Grange,
In outlining the prosecution case, Superintendent Martin Walker explained that the legal definition of hunting included 'searching'. Given that the area searched with the lamp included privately owned land on which no-one had permission to hunt, the men were found guilty of the offence.
Find the full article at the Wildlife Crime Ireland website under the 'Case Details' tab on the 'Prosecutions' page.  

Podcast on 'What is Wildlife Crime'
An excellent introduction to what is wildlife crime 
Superintendent Martin Walker and Conservation Ranger Noel Bugler with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, talk about wildlife crime to Ciara Plunkett of Kildare Kfm Radio.
To listen to the podcast click on the link on the What is Wildlife Crime page of www.wildlifecrime.ie
Breeding Woodcock Online Survey
Have you seen a woodcock? 
The UCC Woodcock Research Group is conducting a survey to monitor the Woodcock breeding populaton and distribution. The woodcock is the only species of wading bird in Ireland that is adapted to breed in woodland. Recent data from Breeding Bird Atlas suggests a significant contraction in range. This survey is the first of its kind undertaken in Ireland and will determine the current distribution of breeding woodcock and provide a baseline against which future changes can be compared. For more info visit the Breeding Woodcock Survey website
Whale and Dolphin Conservation - 26th August

Join All-Ireland Whale Watch Day 2017 
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Irish waters and is organising this year's land-based Whale Watch Day. The event will take place on the 26th August to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of Irish waters being declared a sanctuary for whales and dolphins. All 20 land-based watches across Ireland will be led by experienced IWDG researchers, enthusiats and whale watchers, who will show you how to observe and identify cetacean species in Irish waters. For more information on this 'free and open to all' event go to www.iwdg.ie
9th Irish Bat Conference

Join the 9th Irish Bat Conference

The bat conference is held every three years and is an educational, scientific and social focus for all fans of bats in Ireland.
The upcoming event in Dublin consists of a day of talks on Saturday Oct 14th. On Sunday the 15th there will be a half day of interactive workshops including sessions on Bat Rehabilitation, New Technology and Bat Mitigation and more.

Bat Conservation Ireland has lined up two keynote speakers; Dr Christian Voigt of Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany, and Dr Danilo Russo of Naples University, Italy.
For further information visit www.batconservationireland.org
Nature Walks for Children in Wicklow

Join the 'Nature Explorers' in the Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow Mountains National Park staff is offering Nature Explorers walks every Wednesday in July and August.  The activities are aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years. Each week has a different theme, e.g., squirrels, bugs, bats. Booking is essential, phone 0404 45656. For more information go to Wicklow Mountains National Park
Learn about Hedgerow Management

Hedge Laying Association of Ireland - hedge laying training course

The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland is an organisation that encourages and facilitates the conservation, protection and appropriate management of hedgerows. They sell an excellent 'Hands On Hedges' DVD which contains 5 videos;
Understanding Hedgerows and Assessment of Hedgerow Condition
How to Lay and Coppice Hedgerows
How to Plant a New Hedgerow
Aftercare of newly planted and rejuvenated hedgerows
Collecting seed and propagating native hedgerow plants. 
They are also offering a two-day hedge laying training course on the 7th and 8th of October in Co. Kerry. For further details and booking details go to www.hedgelaying.ie
Seal Stranding Network Training
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Seal rescue time of year

Seal Rescue Ireland's message "We are eagerly looking for more volunteers along the west coast, particularly in the Sligo and Galway areas, so if you're interested in helping us out, please check out our upcoming stranding network trainings.
Stranding Network Trainings
 12th August – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
 13th August – Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Please email volunteer@sealrescueireland.org if you're interested in joining our team!"
Hedgehogs Need Help in Co Clare
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Feel like helping hogs?

The Hogsprickle Wildlife Rescue's message "Helping casualties can get pretty expensive. B&B is ok for a few Hogs but when times are busy we really can't afford to say "no room at this inn".
That's why we need help with a lot of "stuff". Up until now we have been self-funded but now we need a wee bit of help. Money donations and supermarket vouchers are always more than welcome, as well as building help from friends and volunteers, and thank you to every one who has donated past, present and future.
Visit the Hogsprickle website or email thehogsprickle@gmail.com
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