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August 2015
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2nd Irish Wildlife Crime Conference
photo © Alan McFadden 

Val Swan NPWS with traps
Superintendant Martin Walker

Ireland’s Wildlife CSI Weekend!
Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.   CLICK HERE TO BOOK

We are delighted to announce that the programme is now finalised for the 2nd Irish Wildlife Crime Conference which is being held on the 12th and 13th September 2015, in the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath (8 mins drive from the M50)
The conference is a two day event that is OPEN TO ALL.
It is a weekend of talks and practical sessions, intended to facilitate effective working relationships between the law enforcement bodies, charities, NGOs and the public in general.
Many of the speakers are individuals at the forefront of fighting wildlife crime in these islands.
Topics will include: forensics, environmental crimes,  butterflies and bogs/wetlands, poisons and poisoning, poaching, trade in animals, badger baiting, illegal traps and snares, crime scene investigation of real life case studies and more.
To complement the talks, practical sessions will take place to give a more lively, 'hands-on' experience for conference-goers.
Veterinary professionals are especially welcome and the conference has been given accreditation from the Veterinary Council of Ireland for 21 CVE credits
(10.5 credits per day) and by the Law Society of Ireland.
WRI gratefully acknowledges conference sponsorship from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Meath Co Co, and the Heritage Council.
Want to attend the Wildlife Crime Conference?  CLICK HERE  or go to  www.wri.ie/conference   
Wildlife Crime Conference - Speakers
A brief introduction to the conference speakers
We are delighted to have representatives from the following organisations, all giving freely of their time, with the combined interest and determination to tackle wildlife crime in Ireland.
Mairead McGuinness (MEP) will open the proceedings, and then we will hear from: the National Parks & Wildlife Service - Assistant Secretary to frontline Conservations Rangers; An Garda Síochána; Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine - Regional Veterinary Laboratory Division and Pesticide Regulation and Enforcement; BirdWatch Ireland; Wild Deer Association of Ireland; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; Golden Eagle Trust; National Association of Regional Game Councils; an Ecological Consultant; Gamekeeper from Boleybrack Red Grouse Project; PSNI Wildlife Liaison Officer; Scottish Badgers; Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use; Forensic Science Laboratory; Butterfly Conservation Ireland; Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Irish and UK veterinary surgeons and forensic pathologists; and Mick Moran from the International Criminal Police Organisation, INTERPOL.
Detailed speaker biographies can be found by clicking on the 'Speakers' tab on the conference website HERE

Wildlife Crime Conference - Stalls
Art Annabel Langrish

A wildlife themed 'farmers market'  

Want to be the envy of your friends and skip those christmas shopping queues? Buy your gifts at the conference!
This year we're having even more stalls; arts, crafts, books and more so don't forget to bring a few Euros!
Each stall is donating a prize to our Conference Raffle so you've also the opportunity to WIN a lovely gift by buying a raffle ticket on the day!
Your experience of Wildlife Crime in Ireland - survey
Have you ever witnessed a wildlife crime in Ireland?
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is looking for your feedback in order to address any issues that may hinder the reporting of, or investigation into wildlife crimes in Ireland.
Results will be collated for discussion at the Wildlife Crime Conference in September - www.wri.ie/conference

We would really appreciate your help with this short survey. To fill it in Click HERE or go to

Do you know someone else who's witnessed a wildlife crime? Please forward this survey link to them. We can't fix the problem if we don't know what it is..

Cybercrime: is your child safe online? - Talk

photo © Sarah Ross  flickr

TALK: 'Connected kids, disconnected parents - the creation of a digital environment around your child'
Not exactly WILDLIFE but.. Mick Moran is one of our Wildlife Crime Conference guest speakers all the way from INTERPOL in France. He has also very kindly offered to share some of his extensive wisdom about online safety of young children based on his experience 
working in the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit in INTERPOL.
The talk will be held on the Saturday night of the Wildlife Crime Conference but is open to all and is especially relevant to parents with young children. It will also be extremely useful to people who work with children; teachers, social workers, youth workers, Gardaí, child psychiatrists and psychologists, paediatric physicians and people with a general interest in cyber crime.
For more info on this talk Click HERE  

Wildlife Photography Talk
photo www.akellyphoto.com
  Free Wildlife Photography Talk by Andrew Kelly
WRI has invited one of Ireland’s foremost wildlife photographers to provide a Wildlife Photography Talk for the general public in Ashbourne Library, Co Meath on the 27th August 2015 at 7pm.
This is a wonderful opportunity for people who are interested in wildlife or photography or both to come and learn from an expert!
Andrew’s photography can be viewed at his website www.akellyphoto.com or Click HERE
More info on Andrew's talk can be found HERE

The talk is free, but you’ll need to reserve your place, so please email office@wri.ie to do so.
Rehabbers Wildlife Incident App
This 'Rehabbers Wildlife Incident App':
  • Is an App to aid Rehabbers to keep track of wildlife activities and outcomes.
  • Records are vital, particularly when trying to learn from previous work to improve care.
  • It works on any phone, tablet or computer; in the field, at the office or when having a coffee on the way home.
  • It simplifies your paperwork and reports.
  • It requests a NPWS Licence at the click of a button (a legal requirement).
  • Wildlife criminal activity must be reported to the NPWS immediately. The App prompts a call, will send a report to the NPWS, and keeps it for your records.
  • It works for individuals or organisations. 
Come and see a demo at the Irish Wildlife Crime Conference or go to www.wildlife-incidents.com or

Online wildlife trade
Arrests over attempted online sale of Orang Utans

Malaysian authorities arrested four men and rescued two juvenile Orang Utans offered for sale through a social media page used by a clandestine group to trade exotic wildlife online.
The Critically Endangered Orang Utans were believed to have been smuggled from Sumatra to Malaysia by two Indonesian nationals who handed them over to two Malaysian nationals, one of whom advertised the apes for sale on social media. For full article click HERE

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