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November 2019
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
Wildlife Teaching in University College Dublin

UCD veterinary students learn about wildlife first aid
WRI were delighted to be invited for a fifth year running, to provide practical and theory sessions on wildlife first aid and treatment, to UCD veterinary and veterinary nursing students.
Our Vet Instructor Mark Naguib, BVMS(Hons) CertAVP(ZooMed) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine, and assistants Dan Donoher, Rita de Brún and Aoife McPartlin found the students a pleasure to teach - enthusiastic, interested and keen to participate.
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 Prosecutions: NPWS & An Garda Síochána

Illegal hare coursing
[2016 Court Cases] On 21st October 2015 James Delaney, Bay 2 Ballyknock, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and his brother John Delaney, Bay 1 Ballyknock, Cashel, Co. Tipperary were convicted for illegally hunting hares in the  Little Brosna Callows area of Offaly.

On the 22nd November 2015 Jerry Connors, Ballybeg Sq, Waterford, Bill Connors, Carraig Ban, Bunclody, Wexford, Miley Connors, Ardmore Terrace, Waterford, Dan Connors, Clonard Park, Waterford, were convicted of offences under the Wildlife Acts; Hunting hares without a licence; Entering land to hunt a wild animal; Offences under the Control of Dogs Act; No dog licence; No identification collar.
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
Buzzard Survives Surgery after being Shot

Crimes against raptors continue
Corry & O’Hare Vets in Omagh, have just treated a buzzard with a fractured wing - it was a gunshot victim. Incidents of wildlife crime in N.I must be reported to the PSNI, more info on wildlife crime in Northern Ireland can be found at www.wildlifecrimeni.org. Investigations into this incident are ongoing.
The public need to be continuously vigilant -  persecution of birds of prey must stop.
Familiarise yourself with the RAPTOR protocol (Recording and Addressing Persecution and Threats to Our Raptors) - a government initiative to address threats to Ireland's raptors. Make sure you know what to do if you find a dead or injured bird of prey, or encounter suspicious activity.
Gardening for Bats.

How to help bats at home

Dr. Niamh Roche has written an excellent article for the Natterer Newsletter, available to members of Bat Conservation Ireland (BCI), and has kindly shared it with us.
In this Gardening for bats article Niamh explains what you can do in your garden, or in any green space that you are involved in managing, to help our nocturnal friends.
Learn all about how artificial light at night affects entire ecosystems, hedgerows provide camouflage against owl predation, and many insects have an aquatic larval stage so a pond will help boost insect numbers for feeding bats.
You can also learn how to make a bat box and where to put it.

EDUCATION - International
Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference UK
Caring for British Wildlife

"Our theme for this year is making a difference and over the two days we will focus on ways that we, as individuals, can have a positive impact on our wildlife both in the wild and when admitted for treatment, rehabilitation and release. 
As was the case for the previous conference, the Saturday will have a focus on conservation with Sunday more focused on wildlife rehabilitation.

There will be an opportunity for interactive discussion with a panel of speakers at the end of each day."
Venue: Somerset, UK
Date: 29th February and 1st March 2020
Details & Tickets: SWWR Conference 2020
EVENTS - Ireland
2nd Annual Dublin Wildlife Table Quiz
Have fun supporting wildlife

Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit are hosting the 2nd Annual Dublin Wildlife Table Quiz - with all proceeds going to Promote Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education in Ireland.
Come along to a great night of questions, bring your friends (tables seat 5 per team), win some great prizes (quiz winners win the most coveted 'Championship Mugs'!!), enter the raffle, have fun knowing all proceeds go to support Wildlife Rescue Volunteers!
Venue: Upstairs in MVP (29 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8) 
Date: November 21st (Thursday) from 8pm
Details: Table Quiz
Hedgehog Release Research
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Successful winter hedgehog releases

This study: 'Should rehabilitated hedgehogs be released in winter? A comparison of survival, nest use and weight change in wild and rescued animals' is the first to compare overwinter survival and behaviour of wild and rehabilitated hedgehogs.
Based on these findings, the researchers recommend that wildlife rehabilitators can release rehabilitated hedgehogs during winter if the criteria used for release are similar to those used in the study.
Following these guidelines will reduce the periods of captivity for rehabilitated hedgehogs and allow them to reintegrate into their natural habitats as soon as possible, improving their welfare, whilst reducing the costs of care for the wildlife rehabilitators.
Announcement from Esbilac for Wildlife Rehabilitators
Potential problems with Esbilac for non-canine mammals

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) have shared an announcement made in September from Esbilac regarding PetAg Esbilac Puppy Milk Replacement Powder. PetAg believe that the particle size of the currently sourced dicalcium phosphate is too large for many non-canine small mammals to break down. 
Read the full announcement from Esbilac
Alternative formulations include PetAg Goats Milk Esbilac for Puppies, Fox Valley Animal Nutrition products, and recipes from wildlife nutritionists. One such nutritionist, Janine Perlman, can be reached through IWRC for formulations.
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
Did you know

Sleeping octopuses flicker. While they rest, some neuronal firing in their optic lobe causes their chromatophores, or pigment-containing cells, to become active. Watch The Mesmerising Colour and Pattern Shifts of a Sleeping Octopus
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