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Irish Wildlife Crime Conference 2015

Comhdháil Coireacht Fiadhúlra na hÉireann - 21 CVE credits


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Programme – Saturday 12th September 2015

Venue The Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath
Delegates Open Attendance



Registration & Coffee


Welcome address


Wildlife crime in Europe

Mairead McGuinness (MEP)


What is wildlife crime?

Maurice Eakin (NPWS)


The Industrial Information revolution – what does it all mean? 

Mick Moran (INTERPOL)


Badger persecution and protection

Ian Hutchison (Scottish badgers)




Misuse of rodenticides

Mark Lynch (CRRU)


The role of farming in wildlife conservation

Lorcan O'Toole (Golden Eagle Trust)


Ireland's wild birds and the law

Oonagh Duggan (Birdwatch Ireland)


The RAPTOR scheme

Barry O'Donoghue (NPWS)


Undesignated Irish wetlands - a disappearing resource

Faith Wilson (Ecological Consultant)


Lunch & Exhibitions


Wildlife: Tracks and Trails

John Carslake (Boleybrack Red Grouse Habitat Management Project)


Traps & snares unravelled

Roy Thompson (NPWS), Bob Elliot (RSPB)


Preserving evidence at a crime scene

Mícheál Casey (Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine)

15.20 -17.00

The real Crime Scene Investigation

NPWS: Noel Bugler, Colm Malone, Tríona Finnen / Mícheál Casey / Martin Walker (Gardai) / Emma Meredith (PSNI Wildlife Liason Officer) / WRI / Bob Elliot

Evening Talk

Venue The Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath
Time 5pm - 6.30pm (45 mins talk, 45 mins Q&A)
Talk 'Connected kids, disconnected parents - the creation of a digital environment around your child'
Speaker Mick Moran (Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit - INTERPOL)
Details Mick is presenting a cybercrime talk at the conference and has also kindly offered to share some of his extensive wisdom about online safety of young children based on his work in INTERPOL. Click HERE for more information

Evening Entertainment

Venue Swan’s Bar, Curragha, Co Meath
Time 8pm Free Courtesy Bus from Pillo Hotel
Details Swan’s Bar is situated in the historic and picturesque little village of Curragha in the Royal County and is one of Meath’s oldest music venues. It is a place where people and music from different generations and cultures meet to create one of the most unique Irish Pub experiences Ireland has to offer.



Programme – Sunday 13th  September 2015

Venue The Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath
Delegates Open Attendance



Registration & Coffee


Welcome address


NPWS's role in prevention and prosecution of wildlife crime

Niall O Donnchú (NPWS)


How An Garda Síochána can support the NPWS in prevention of wildlife crime

Chief Superintendent Fergus Healy (Gardai)


The forensic approach to solving crimes

Stephen Clifford (Forensic Science Laboratory)


How joint operations by NPWS and Gardaí lead to greater success in combating wildlife crime

Superintendent Martin Walker (Gardai)


WDAI's positive developments in the fight against deer poaching

Damien Hannigan (Wild Deer Association of Ireland)




The Wildlife Acts from a Gun Club's perspective

David Scallon (NARGC)


Dangers facing Irish moths and butterflies

Jesmond Harding (Butterfly Conservation Ireland)


RSPB investigation & fieldwork examples

Bob Elliot (RSPB)


Combatting wildlife crime by the ISPCA

Andrew Kelly (ISPCA)


Illegal trade in animals

Ciara Flynn (NPWS)


Lunch & Exhibitions


Understanding and identifying poisons

John Harrison (Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine)


PRACTICAL - discussion
Poisons and the law

Barry O'Donoghue, Bob Elliot, John Harrison


PRACTICAL - discussion
Forensic post mortem (video footage)

Harriet Brooks, Alex Barlow (Veterinary pathologists)


Treatment of wildlife crime casualties

Kieran Corry (Veterinary surgeon)

16.30 -17.00

WRI update; progress and plans

Clyde Hutchinson (Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland)


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WRI is delighted to be welcoming the following guest speakers to our Conference


  • Alex Barlow

Alex is a veterinary pathologist, specialising in investigation of disease in wild British mammals. He qualified from Liverpool in 1978 and completed an MSc in fish pathology at the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University, in 1981. He now works part-time for an agency of Defra at APHA Starcross VI Centre, Devon, England and is an honorary staff member of the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science at Langford. He gives lectures for their MSc in Wildlife Management.

He ran the necropsy part of an investigation into TB in wildlife species apart from badger in the West of England and 4,700 wild British mammals were examined and samples cultured between 1998 and 2002. He was one of the founding members in 1999 of the MAFF/Defra backed Wildlife Species Expert Group (APHA Wildlife SEG), which is the lead for the GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership (GB WDSP). This includes the Scottish Agricultural Colleges Consulting (SAC Consulting), Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT), Natural England (NE). Garden Wildlife Health Initiative (GWH), Forestry Commission England (FCE), Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

He is co-editor of the Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report produced by this partnership. Wildlife work not within funding of Defra is carried out by Alex under the Wildlife Network for Disease Surveillance (WNDS) title. Further information regarding his work and published papers and letters can be found at;


  • Harriet Brooks

Dr Harriet Brooks Brownlie: Born and brought up in rural South Devon, England, Harriet followed her father’s footsteps to train as a veterinary surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, qualifying in 1985. She worked initially ingeneral mixed veterinary practice then in 1990 she returned to the RVC, gaining a PhD, before starting to train as a veterinary pathologist at Liverpool University. She returned to the RVC to continue her pathology training, subsequently becoming lecturer in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the RVC for 12 years.

After 18 months as resident veterinary pathologist at aninternationalanimal charity she returned to academia and is currently Senior Teaching Fellow in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Bristol. During her lectureship at the RVC her interest in the burgeoning field of Forensic Veterinary Pathology was sparked and she has undergone further training in forensic science, and holds a Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences.

Forensic Veterinary Pathologyis a relatively new area of specialisation and there is much for us all to learn; by trying always to work to the highest standards possible we honour the individual animal but also potentially contribute to the safeguarding of future animals.


  • Noel Bugler

Noel is a Conservation Ranger in the Kildare, Laois & Offaly region with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)


  • John Carslake

John Carslake is Ireland’s only red grouse gamekeeper and wildlife manager. He has worked in Scotland and Northern England and moved to Leitrim to work on the Boleybrack Project three years ago. Ironically John’s great grandmother came from just outside Manorhamilton. John has a passion for his work and believes that the skill set associated with upland management is close to being lost in Ireland and consequently is determined to develop best practice in an Irish context and disseminate this widely.

Work away from the mountain involves consultation and advisory work, working with Government and NGO’s, together with the administrative and public relations side of the Project. As a specialist in upland management John believes that family holidays to the Scottish Highlands, Connemara and Donegal all played a part in entrenching a love for these wild spaces – even if he was the one of the six children that needed a little more cajoling to ‘get to the next ridge and we can have a sandwich there’


  • Mícheál Casey

Mícheál Casey grew up in Westport Co. Mayo.
He is currently based in the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine Laboratory in Backweston, Celbridge, Co Kildare where he is the head of the Regional Veterinary Laboratory Division.
He graduated in Veterinary Medicine from UCD's Veterinary College in 1989. He graduated from the University of London with a Masters Degree in Livestock Health and Production in 2001. After three years lecturing in Veterinary Parasitology, he spent five years in veterinary practice in Co. Mayo, during which time he set up his own mixed practice in Westport.

He joined the staff of the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Sligo as a Research Officer in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Research Officer in charge of Sligo RVL in 2004. In June 2010, he took responsibility for the Regional Veterinary Laboratories and the Brucella Testing Laboratory in Cork as the first head of the newly formed Regional Veterinary Laboratory Division.


  • Stephen Clifford

Dr Stephen Clifford works as a forensic scientist at Forensic Science Ireland, predominantly in the areas of DNA profiling and blood pattern analysis.

He has a degree from the Department of Genetics at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the Queen’s University of Belfast where he studied the genetic impact of the escape of farmed salmon (Salmo salar) on wild salmon populations in North West Ireland.

After this he moved to Gabon in central Africa to take up a job at the at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales in Franceville. Here he studied the molecular ecology and conservation of western lowland gorillas. This work led to other wildlife genetic studies, including research on forest elephants and mandrills.

He then moved to Nova Scotia, Canada to work on DNA barcoding of North Atlantic marine fish species before returning to Ireland to work as a forensic scientist. Ireland


  • Kieran Corry

Kieran’s wildlife interest started at the age of 4 when he asked for a bird guide and a pair of binoculars for Christmas. As a profession he initially intended to become a marine mammal vet and did an externship with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in the USA which included a capture and health assessment of wild bottlenose dolphins. After realising that marine mammal veterinary meant either research or working at sea world, Kieran quickly changed his mind about this career idea.

After graduating with first class honours from University College Dublin in 2005 he worked in a busy large and small animal practice in County Tyrone. During breaks from working in practice, Kieran did voluntary work with Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety in Peru, and Pilpintuwasi Wildlife Rescue - a wildlife rescue and temporary custody center located on 20 hectares of land 20 minutes outside Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon. Pilpintuwasi is dedicated to protecting animals affected by the poaching and trafficking industry which thrives in Iquitos.

To pursue this interest in the small animal field, particularly orthopeadic and soft tissue surgery, he moved to Birmingham to work in a progressive small animal practice where he expanded his skills. After moving back to Ireland in 2010, Kieran wanted to work in a practice that offered the highest standard of equipment and an ethos for veterinary care that matched his own. To this end, he now commutes from Tyrone to work in Clontarf Veterinary Hospital in Dublin.

On return to practice he took on any wildlife cases that came his way and rehabilitated them himself but was limited due to lack of proper facilities until he met Dan Donoher from Kildare Animal Foundation (KAF). Kieran is now able to concentrate on the veterinary treatment of Irish wildlife and leave KAF and Hedgehog Rescue Dublin to do the rehabilitation.
His main wildlife workload involves surgical and medical treatment of traumatic injuries caused by humans. He doesn’t profess to be an expert in wildlife medicine but sees a higher case load than most vets by default due to his interest in this area.  


  • Oonagh Duggan

Policy Officer at Birdwatch Ireland


  • Maurice Eakin

Dr. Maurice Eakin was born and reared in the Glens of the Antrim.

He is currently based in Navan as a District Conservation Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) within the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

He graduated in Geology from Queens University Belfast and then transferred to the University of Ulster at Coleraine to complete a PhD. in ‘The Ecology, Conservation and Management of Species-Rich Hay Meadows in County Fermanagh.

He joined the staff of the National Parks and Wildlife Services in 1999 and spent five years working in the Burren, County Clare and then in County Cavan as a Conservation Ranger. In 2004 he became a District Conservation Officer covering Meath, Louth and Dublin.

He has retained his primary academic interest in habitats and plants (specialising in bryophyte recording) but the core part of his work with NPWS has been the implementation and enforcement of the Wildlife Acts and the Birds and Natural Habitats Regulation (which has included a wide variety of law enforcement duties)


  • Bob Elliot

Bob is Head of Investigations for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). His role involves his team assisting police and others in investigating crimes committed against some of the rarest species in the UK and in Europe (via BirdLife partners).

Bob is originally from North Yorkshire and started his conservation career as the National Trust’s Head Warden on the Farne Islands monitoring the large seabird colonies and welcoming visitors. A move to Scotland in 1993 led to a career in Countryside Rangering with the National Trust for Scotland, and as Countryside Manager he moved to Inverness to manage the NTS Highlands and Islands properties. These include some of the most iconic landscapes and wildlife in the Trust’s portfolio, including the islands of Fair Isle, Iona, Canna, Staffa and St Kilda, as well as the mainland properties of Glencoe, Inverewe and Culloden.

As a skilled field naturalist, helping people to understand and enjoy the countryside is one of Bob’s passions, and in recent years, he has led expeditions to Peru, Iceland, the Arctic, Antarctica and many Scottish islands.


  • Tríona Finnen

Tríona Finnen is a Conservation Ranger for North Westmeath with the National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.

She has been a Ranger with NPWS for over 12 years, and has taken an active role in enforcing the Wildlife Acts and the EU Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations.
Successfully prosecuted cases include illegal hare hunting, illegal crayfish trapping, illegal hunting of wild birds with firearms, and hedge cutting and destruction of vegetation growing on uncultivated land during the breeding season.
She has also prepared many cases for prosecution in regard to damage to designated sites- NHAs, SACs and SPAs and provided evidence for other authorities and agencies to take environmental crime cases under their own legislation e.g. Forest Service, Westmeath County Council.


  • Ciara Flynn

Ciara Flynn, District Conservation Officer for Kildare, Laois & Offaly with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)


  • Damien Hannigan

Damien Hannigan is a qualified deer manager and Director and Secretary of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland. Since his appointment in 1999, Damien has been the driving force behind the Association’s rapid expansion into Ireland’s largest deer organisation, with a large national membership and the largest support base of deer organisation in the British Isles. He is an avid deer enthusiast and the lead campaigner for deer welfare in Ireland. His extensive experience and knowledge in deer matters, which he has gained over his 20 years of managing deer, has culminated in invitations to address a wide range of audiences including academics, government and media on subjects such as wildlife crime, deer management, deer distribution etc.

Damien is a founding member of the Deer Alliance, the organising body for assessment and certification for those involved in deer management. He is also a representative of FACE Ireland, recognised by the European Commission as the main discussion partner, representing Europe's 7 million hunters. Damien was recently appointed to the Irish Deer Management Forum by Ministers Humphrey’s and Hayes, the forum will now form the basis for future development of a long term national deer management plan in Ireland. He has just completed further deer management studies in the UK. Damien also has extensive experience in people and organisation management.


  • Jesmond Harding

Jesmond Harding is author of the award winning book “Discovering Irish Butterflies & their Habitats” published in 2008. Jesmond has had a number of articles published in various periodicals such as “Peatland News” and the online nature magazine Wildlife Extra. He featured in the third series of “Living the Wildlife” [episode 2]. He was part of the expert group that drew up the red list for Irish butterflies in 2010 [Ireland Red List No. 4].

Jesmond is an active member of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Burrenbeo Trust, and Butterfly Conservation Ireland of which he is a director. Jesmond regularly gives talks on lepidoptera and advises on habitat creation and management, especially for species under threat of extinction.

His current projects include involvement in three lepidoptera recording programmes, liaising with the Burren Life initiative to manage special habitats on limestone, site management of Butterfly Conservation Ireland’s reserve at Lullybeg, County Kildare and assisting in the running of Butterfly Conservation Ireland, including management of the website


  • John Harrison

Dr John Harrison - Pesticide Regulation and Enforcement (Biocides, REACH and CLP), Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


  • Fergus Healy

Chief Superintendent Fergus Healy - An Garda Síochána


  • Ian Hutchison

Ian is a retired police officer from Tayside Police and during the latter years of service worked part time as a wildlife liaison officer for Eastern Division covering the glens of Angus.
On retiring he turned his attention to badgers and their protection and for some years he has represented Scottish Badgers as their species protection officer which has brought him into contact with the problems badgers face through criminal persecution as well as the impacts of development, forest and agricultural operations.

He is also the crime prevention lead for Operation Meles an intelligence led operation targeting badger persecution as part of the UK Wildlife Crime Priorities. This position, funded by Scottish Badger and The Badger Trust, has meant travelling throughout the UK promoting awareness of badger crime.


  • Andrew Kelly

Dr Andrew Kelly was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) in February 2014.  Dr Kelly has a wealth of experience working in animal welfare combined with a strong academic background in the field of biological sciences. 

He previously worked with the Humane Society International (HSI) as a senior policy advisor.  Prior to his work with HSI, Dr Kelly was with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in England for eight years, firstly as manager of the RSPCA’s biggest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre in Cheshire for six years and more recently as Head of Wildlife Department for two years, where he had responsibility for the Society’s four wildlife rehabilitation centres.

In addition to his long history working in animal welfare Dr Kelly has a strong scientific background. He was awarded his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Leeds followed by post-doctoral research projects at Lancaster University, University of Glasgow and the Queens University Belfast.


  • Mark Lynch

Mark is Chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use Ireland Limited (CRRU Ireland) a not-for-profit company established to protect wildlife while promoting effective rodent control through the responsible use of rodenticides. He is also Chairman of the Irish Agricultural Supply Industry Standards Limited (IASIS Ltd), a not-for- profit company dedicated to the improvement of standards in the distribution, storage and use of pesticides and animal health products.

Mark has spent over 33 years with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Pesticide Control Service, where he advised the Minister for Agriculture on strategic and operational policy in relation to pesticides.

During this time Mark was heavily involved in the development and management of the Regulatory system for plant protection and biocidal products in Ireland, while also managing inter-institutional research on pesticides, consumer safety and the environment to promote sustainable crop production.

Mark has wide ranging international experience having acted as both Rapporteur and Chairman within major international organisations including the Council of Europe, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and within European Union Council Working Party and Commission Working Groups.

Mark holds a BAgrSc from University College Dublin and both a Masters and a PhD from Cornell University, New York. Mark previously lectured on plant physiology (growth & development) in University College Dublin.


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  • Colm Malone

Colm is a Conservation Ranger in the Kildare, Laois & Offaly region with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)


  • Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP for Midlands, North-West, is Vice-President of the European Parliament and serves on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.


  • Emma Meredith

Emma Meredith has been the wildlife liaison officer for the Police Service of Northern Ireland since 2007. The role is a specialised position to offer advice, support and assistance to local police who investigate an alleged breach in the wildlife and/or animal cruelty legislation.

As a result of Emma’s past experience and roles she is familiar with applied and strategic wildlife conservation and legislation as well as wildlife research techniques, care of captive wildlife and aviculture. Emma is an active member of the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW). The PAW group aim to combat wildlife crime. PAW has members from government and non-government agencies and it continues to grow. The group is chaired by the Minister of the Environment Mark Durkan.

Emma most recently completed the Winston Churchill Scholarship and as a result published a report on animal crime and welfare. This prestigious award resulted in travelling extensively within Canada and Australia including working with organisations and officials from a suite of government and non government agencies.

Emma has successfully co-ordinated and/or assisted with international and local operations at the Northern Ireland scale, including but not limited to; Operation RAMP (illegal international trade in tortoises) and local actions including Operation WILD DEER (to raise awareness and stop illegal deer poaching at identified crime “black-spots”) and Natural Copeland (targeting eggs thieves on the Copeland Islands) and targeting specific areas on Badger Baiting. Many wildlife and animal welfare operations within the service require liaising internally with PSNI officers and staff and also external agencies and therefore championing the wildlife and animal welfare within, and on behalf of, the PSNI.


  • Mick Moran

Mick Moran is a member of An Garda Síochána on secondment to INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon France. He has been a member since 1990 and has worked in a number of roles including front line policing including district court presenter, serious crime investigation and as a computer forensic examiner.

Since coming to INTERPOL he has been attached to the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation unit. He currently heads up that team as the Assistant Director and manages the team that deals with Human Trafficking globally as well as the international aspects of child exploitation such as online, travelling sex offenders and missing children.

He has a BA (hons) in IT management and an MSc in Forensic computing and cybercrime investigation. He is a lecturer on these subjects at UCD and presents to conferences and seminars globally.


  • Niall O Donnchú

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the Heritage Division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is headed by Niall Ó Donnchú (Assistant Secretary)


  • Barry O'Donoghue

Dr. Barry O'Donoghue is Assistant Principal Officer with National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, with particular responsibility for agri-environmental matters. Since beginning with NPWS as a Ranger in 2005, Barry has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation, law enforcement and education, all of which are relevant to this conference.

He is responsible for the implementation of the inter-departmental protocol on bird of prey poisoning and persecution, which has been central to investigating and recording wildlife crime relating. He represents NPWS on the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. Along with colleagues in NPWS, the Regional Vet Labs and the State Lab, and with input from various wildlife rehabbers, he has recently produced the first two annual reports on Bird of Prey Poisoning and Persecution in Ireland (2011 and 2012), which he will present to us.


  • Lorcan O'Toole

Lorcan is project manager of the Golden Eagle Trust, which has restored the golden eagles, white tailed eagles and red kites to Ireland in partnership with the National Parks & Wildlife Service. He is very interested in rural development and the cutural importance of nature in Ireland.


  • David Scallan

Dr. David Scallan is a geographer with an interest in rural policy, ecology and recreational hunting. He received his PhD in 2012, which examined the role of hunting activities in contemporary rural Ireland, in the Department of Geography, National University of Ireland Galway.

He is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) with the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), which is the largest hunting and conservation non-governmental organisation in Ireland. More specifically, it is the principle national organisation representing the interests of individuals involved in game shooting.

The Association was formed in 1968 and currently enjoys a membership of 27,000 individuals. These members, who pay an annual fee, are spread throughout 965 Gun Clubs all over the country – a Club in almost every parish. The NARGC is a Seanad Nominating Body on the Agricultural Panel. Its individual Clubs are also “Recognised Bodies” under the Wildlife Acts. This is a recognition unique to NARGC Clubs, which essentially means that the Clubs are entitled to take prosecutions for offences under the Wildlife Acts. Through his role as PRO of the NARGC, David has worked with a range of state agencies and NGOs interested in wildlife conservation.


  • Val Swan

Retired Conservation Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service


  • Roy Thompson

Roy studied in the UK, obtaining a BTEC National Diploma in Game, Wildlife and Habitat Management from Sparsholt College, Hampshire, in 1991, and comes from a farming background, and lifelong involvement in sustainable hunting.
Later that same year he joined NPWS as a Wildlife Ranger (the grade was later re-named 'Conservation Ranger') and was based in East Galway for a time, later transferring to Wicklow Mountains National Park for three years before again re-locating to his native Kildare, where he has been based since 1999.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has had a keen interest in the illegal hunting side of wildlife crime, and has successfully prosecuted cases particularly relating to unlawful traps and snares. It is an area in which Roy is particularly interested.
Early instruction in lawful, sustainable methods of hunting by a particularly enlightened father, along with training received from a progressive head Game Keeper on a sporting estate in the UK, and 20 years on the job experience in the field have contributed to a belief that there is little or no excuse for employing methods of trapping and snaring other than those prescribed by law, and to a commitment to detect and prosecute hunters operating outside the law.


  • Martin Walker

Martin has been a member of An Garda Síochána for over 30 years. He spent 24 years as a Garda and Sergeant working and living in West Wicklow, and continued to reside in Blessington.
He was the Inspector for County Carlow since 2007 and directs on all investigation files and prosecutes weekly in the District Court. Martin has recently been promoted to Superintendent and is now based in Co Kildare.


  • Faith Wilson

Faith Wilson BSc, CEnv, MCIEEM, is an experienced ecologist with over ten years experience in carrying out a variety of ecological work, specialising in botanical and zoological surveys (including Cetacean, Bat, Otter, Badger, Amphibian, and Bird Surveys) and Environmental Impact Assessment.  
Since graduating in 1995, she gained international project experience including botanical surveys of sub-alpine forests in Canada, monitoring of endangered bird species in New Zealand and the Cook Islands, photo identification and acoustic surveys of killer and humpback whales in Canada and the South Pacific. 

She has carried out a diverse range of Environmental Impact Assessment work, three national habitat surveys for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, two county wide wetland surveys for local authorities and is a registered participating ecologist on the Native Woodland Scheme.  She is also a NPWS licensed bat specialist and member of the Heritage Council Bat Expert Panel.  
Faith has organised and lead two guided excursions to Iceland and the Baja Peninsula, Mexico in search of cetaceans, birds and other wildlife on behalf of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.


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This conference has been accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland for 21 CVE credits (10.5 per day)

The Law Society of Ireland determined that this conference falls under the category of 'General CPD'




Venue: Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland




Driving directions:

From Dublin Airport:
From the airport follow signs for the M1 (Southbound) and the M50 (Southbound). Merge onto the M1 and stay in the left hand lane. After approximately 2km, take the slip road for the M50 (Southbound).
Stay on the motorway for 2 junctions, following signs for the N2, Ashbourne & Derry. Once you are on the N2/M2, after approximately 14km you will come to another roundabout where the hotel will be situated just off the 2nd exit.

From the M1 (Drogheda South junction):
Take the Drogheda / Duleek exit off the motorway and got through the toll booth on the slip road. At the roundabout at the top of the slip road take the 2nd exit signposted for Duleek. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Duleek / Ashbourne.
Go under the motorway and take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout, again signposted for Duleek / Ashbourne. Continue for 16km until you reach the junction with the N2. Turn left towards Ashbourne and travel along the N2 for approximately 8km until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout take the first exit into the hotel.


Public Transport directions:

From Dublin airport:
Bus number 109A click HERE for timetable

Taxi from Dublin airport roughly €48 (each way)

From Dublin city:
Bus number 103 stops directly opposite Pillo Hotel. Click HERE for timetable





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