Wildlife Conference 2020

Crimes against Wildlife, & Mitigation for Wildlife Protection


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Wildlife Crime & Conservation Conference 2020

- Crimes against Wildlife, & Mitigation for Wildlife Protection

24th & 25th October 2020

Human activity, deliberate or otherwise, continues to have a negative impact on Ireland's environment and wildlife; the aim of this conference is to identify some of the threats, problems, and solutions to resolve this.

Wildlife suffer not only from intentional harm and persecution such as poisoning and illegal hunting and trapping, but also from habitat destruction and continuing human encroachment on their dwindling wild spaces through insensitive farming practices and ill-considered building construction, and through expansion of our transport infrastructure.

Finding solutions will require new ideas and approaches beyond existing conservation practices and protections, as well as increased engagement from communities, NGO's and local and national government. A new strategy is needed - the Conference will be a two-day event that will explore these issues and work towards a strategy to create an environment of planned co-existence rather than inadvertent conflict with nature.



Saturday 24th October 2020

Crimes against Wildlife

Target audience; enforcement agencies, NGO's, conservation, land management, environmental consultants, and the general public


What is wildlife crime
Wildlife crime enforcement by NPWS & Gardai
PSNI's role in wildlife crime enforcement
Shooting and the law
Ireland's wild birds and the law
Persecution of raptors and RAPTOR protocol
The conservation & protection of of habitats
Environmental crimes
Ecologists & Councils' role in wildlife crime prevention
Pesticides & rodenticides
Wildlife crime case studies, psychology, and prosecutions
PAW Ireland
Discussion workshops: Badger persecution, Traps & Snares; Forensics & Poaching, Birds, Bats, Marine & Freshwater; Environment
Roles we can all play to reduce wildlife crime


Sunday 25th October 2020

Mitigation for Wildlife Protection

Target audience; roads agencies, environmental scientists, ecologists, planning departments, county councils, engineers, enforcement agencies, conservation & welfare groups, and the general public


Roads and Wildlife; who does what
Challenges of roadkill mitigation
Mitigation measures for new roads in Northern Ireland
Procurement of wildlife measures in transportation construction projects
Otter case study - mitigation measures and mortality
Data gathering: NBDC,, CEDaR, and Project Splatter. DAERA badger & fox project
Effective mitigation - what works
Species impact / mitigation - Barn Owls, Bats & green bridges, Badgers
Scenarios - who to call, who’s responsibility, what can be done, how, by who
Discussion workshops; mitigation for - Large Mammals, Small Mammals, Birds & Bats, and on Data collection & legislation
Roles we can all play in reducing wildlife roadkill






We look foward to welcoming the speakers listed below

more to follow!


  • Kieran Buckley

Conservation Ranger at National Parks & Wildlife Service

  • Noel Bugler

District Conservation Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service

  • Damien Hannigan

Irish Deer Commission

  • Marie Louse Heffernan

Aster Environmental Consultants Ltd. Environmental consultant ecologist (CEnv, MIEEM)

  • Brigit Loughlin

Heritage Officer - Kildare County Council

  • John Lusby

Raptor Conservation Officer with Birdwatch Ireland

  • Enda Mullen

Divisional Ecologist with National Parks and Wildlife Service

  • Vincent O'Malley

Head of Environmental Policy & Compliance at Transport Infrastructure Ireland

  • Lorcan O'Toole

Managing Director of the Golden Eagle Trust

  • Chris Perry

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

  • Val Swan

Retired Conservation Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service

  • Attracta Uí Bhroin

Environmental Law Officer at the Irish Environmental Network

  • Martin Walker

Kildare superintendent, An Garda Síochána

  • Pete Wedderburn

Veterinary surgeon (BVM&S CertVR MRCVS) & WRI Patron


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Registration & Fees

Frequently Asked Questions  
Course Grant  

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Should the online option have to be taken, you will be charged only the amount you are paying at registration here now.

Assuming the conference goes ahead as planned and is held on-site, you will be required during registration on-the-door, to pay the outstanding amount noted below.

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FEES for the conference:

Online Contingency
Discount fee
on-the-door fee

General Public 1 day

€55 (50 GBP)
€20 (18 GBP)

General Public 2 days

€80 (72 GBP)

€20 (18 GBP)

Veterinary Practitioners 1 day

€100 (90 GBP)
€30 (27 GBP)

Veterinary Practitioners 2 days

€130 (118 GBP)

€30 (27 GBP)

Concessions 1 day

€40 (36 GBP)
€10 (9 GBP)

Concessions 2 days

€60 (54 GBP)

€10 (9 GBP)

*Veterinary Practitioners - if claiming CVE credits
*Concessions - Retired, unemployed, rehabilitators, students. (Proof of eligibility will be required)

Fee includes:
lunch (soup & sandwiches)
morning and afternoon tea, coffee and pastry/biscuits breaks
delegate pack - magazines, brochures and wildlife information
WRI Certificate of Attendance




Q - Why is it more expensive for vets and nurses than general public
A - Though we have issues with the price of CPD for the veterinary profession, we have to face the fact that they have to pay one CPD provider or another, and we can't afford not to charge similar fees to the other CPD providers.

Q - I'm a vet but don't need CPD, do I still have to pay the vet fee
A - No. Anyone not claiming CPD can register under the general public category.

Q - Can I get a refund if I can't attend after booking
A - Click HERE for Cancellation Policy.


Course Grant

If the fees are preventing your attendance you can contact us to discuss grant assistance

We have been asked by potential donors how to obtain the greatest good for wildlife from financial donations.   Our belief at WRI is that educating people about the importance and practice of wildlife care has the greatest long term good.

If you would like to donate specifically to the Wildlife Education Grant Fund to help subsidise our Wildlife Education for those of limited means, please visit our DONATE page.



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