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September 2019
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI's Wildlife Crime Awareness Campaign

7,500 Wildlife Crime leaflets distributed in Co Meath/Louth
With the Meath/Louth area sadly being a hotspot for various barbaric wildlife crimes, WRI were delighted to receive support from Indaver Waste-to-Energy and Meath County Council for a mailshot of 7,500 leaflets in the locality to raise awareness and hopefully increase reporting in order to try and put a stop to these atrocious activities.
The leaflet, and associated website, provide:

    Basic information on wildlife crime
    Links to further information
    Advice on Recognising & Recording a crime
    Contact details for Reporting a wildlife crime
If you SUSPECT that a wildlife crime is taking, or has taken, place - REPORT IT!
Listen to podcast on LMFM radio of Supt Martin Walker talking about Wildlife Crime
Go to minute 22.20 into the programme
Convicting people of wildlife crimes is extremely difficult
and a huge amount of effort goes into it, so each month we're going to draw your attention to the cases we've been told about (both old and new)
Wildlife Crime Prosecution: NPWS

Illegal hare coursing
[2019] Two individuals have been convicted for illegally hunting hares in North Offaly.
District conservation officer Noel Bugler outlined to the court that, following a response to public complaints, they observed a number of men with lurchers walking in formation across private farmland and cutaway Bord Na Mona bog. Illegal hunting of hares is a huge issue for the NPWS in parts of the country and can lead to declines in hare populations locally.
Congratulations to Noel Bugler NPWS for this successful outcome.
More Info - 'Case Details' tab on the 'Prosecutions' page of wildlifecrime.ie
Wildlife Crime Ireland website offers:
    Basic information on wildlife crime
    Links to further information
    Advice on Recognising & Recording a crime
    Contact details for Reporting a wildlife crime
UK Bird Crime Report

The RSPB has just published its latest annual report on bird crime
'In 2018, we recorded 87 confirmed incidents of raptor persecution in the UK. Significantly, 41 of these related to shooting, 28 involved poisoning and 16 trapping. Victims included 31 buzzards, 27 red kites, 6 peregrine falcons, 4 hen harriers and 3 goshawks. 67% of those convicted of raptor persecution-related offences since 1990 have been gamekeepers.'
The report concludes that grouse moor management is in need of urgent reform, linking the burning of carbon rich peat bogs to climate breakdown and that the associated persecution of birds of prey must stop.

ATTENTION: Grey Seal Pup Alert! 

 If you are out on beaches over the coming months please keep an eye out for our flippered friends in distress
- Do not put the seal in the water. (Injured, sick & newborn pups are on land for a reason)
- Do not disturb them - Observe from a distance.
- Do not touch pups (these animals WILL bite, and human presence may lead to mothers abandoning otherwise healthy pups)
- Keep dogs and children away.
- Take photos! (They help us determine the condition of an animal immediately, and if necessary a rescue can be organised promptly.)
- Grey seal pups have white fur for the first 3 weeks of life and tend to stay on land until they moult to their spotted coat. During this time the mother will leave them for hours at a time alone on the beach. This doesn't mean they are necessarily abandoned!
- Contact us for advice!
** If the pup is on its own with no mum in sight; obviously injured; or if unsure please ring Seal Rescue Ireland on 087 1955 393 **
Though we can provide care for these little orphans - nothing compares to a mother caring for and raising her pup so it is extremely important to prevent the circumstances where pups end up needing to be rescued, and by sharing we can all help!
Wildlife Selfies Harming Wildlife 
Roger Federer takes a selfie with a quokka at Rottnest Island in Australia. Photograph: Paul Kane

Trends in social media have a direct correlation with the demise of species
This is a worldwide problem. Keep your selfies to yourself.
Several "otter cafés" have popped up in Japan, with patrons urged to buy small pieces of food to feed the caged mammals and to snap a selfie with them while drinking a coffee. Read more RTE
The trouble with wildlife selfies is the images are often appearing without any context – so even if the message is promoting conservation or an ambassador programme, that message is lost and all people see are someone hugging a penguin, and want to do that too, Read more Guardian
‘We’re losing respect for wildlife, we don’t understand the wild at all.”
EDUCATION - International
Wildlife Rehabilitation Symposium UK
Wildlife rehabilitation education

The annual conference for wildlife rehabilitators, vets, scientists and students is run by the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, this year in collaboration with Wild Things Rescue.
Venue: Nottingham Trent University, UK
Date: 16th November
Details & Tickets: BWRC Facebook
EVENTS - Ireland
Ireland Wildlife Film Festival
Bringing stories of conservation and species preservation to the big screen

The event will be a spectacular showcase of the very best of wildlife filmmaking. The 23 breathtaking films featured will transport viewers to the most far flung reaches of our planet. Festival goers will travel alongside a pride of lions, witness the struggle of survival of a wolf pack in the frozen arctic, and accompany filmmakers into the depths of the sea, and even just outside our own backdoors, learning about the species that we share this amazing planet with.
Venue: Boole Theatre Complex on UCC campus, Cork 
Date: September 14th 
Metabolic Bone Disease in Hedgehogs
Wildlife Rehab Compassion Fatigue and Life Stressors Survey

Over recent years Vale Wildlife Hospital in the UK have seen an increase in the number of hedgehogs (youngsters in particular) developing metabolic bone disease, a crippling disorder affecting the bones, often caused by an inappropriate diet.
In this video Vale's vet, Tim Partridge, explains the problem. 'Watch the MBD video'
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
Did you know

Of the close to 50,000 spider species known to science, most do not produce webs at all, but all  produce silk. Some produce a silk that is low in UV reflection and is also translucent, so insects can’t see it. Some infuse their silks with carotenoids, which, when the sun hits them, makes the webs seem as if they were dipped in liquid gold.
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