Our annual ‘Caring for Wildlife’ Conference returns for its 4th year in 2023 on the 4th and 5th February 2023. The two days will cover all aspects of wildlife conservation, rehabilitation and release. This year we are placed that the conference will be ‘in person’ at our local East Huntspill Village Hall. We will do our best ensure that the venue provides those two conference essentials of good audiovisual support and good food! Further information, including speakers, will be posted on these pages over the next few months.
Cost: £80 for one day, £150 for both days.
All proceeds go to Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Venue: East Huntspill Village Hall
SWWR Caring for British wildlife conference 2023
Saturday February 4th (10am-5pm) and Sunday 5th (9am-4pm)
Our amazing program for Saturday, focusing on welfare and conservation
Julian Kupfer, Julian Kupfer, chair of the British Veterinary Association’s Animal Welfare Foundation will discuss why, irrespective of what animal it is, their welfare is important.
Adam Grogan from the RSPCA will talk about animal welfare assessments and how we might apply these to wild animals being rehabilitated.
Vassili Papastavrou, whale biologist and consultant to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, will discuss ethical standards for research on marine mammals.
Derek Gow, farmer and ecologist, will talk about ‘Bringing back beaver’
Chris Sperring of the Hawk and Owl Trust and a SWWR Patron, will discuss the future of conservation, including climate issues and rewildling
Irene Bueno Padilla from the University of Bristol, will update us on her research findings in relation to antimicrobial resistance in wildlife and the natural environment
Dominic Phillips, veterinary surgeon and SWWR trustee, will talk about the relationship between wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.
Our fantastic Sunday program focusing on wildlife rehabilitation
Maggie Brown, from the West Yorkshire Bat Hospital and author of the Bat Rescue Manual, will update us on what can now be achieve in rehabilitation for bat casualties and where things are still difficult.
Alex Barlow, wildlife veterinary pathologist, will update us on new and interesting wildlife diseases and their pathology.
Kit Heawood and Sam Ecroyd, from Tyndale vets in Gloucestershire, will discuss what wildlife rehabilitators and their vets can learn from deer vets
Riccardo Rossi, a vet from Piacenza Wildlife Rescue centre in Italy, will talk about different aspects of trauma in large wild animals
On Sunday afternoon three speakers will give us their views on what we can do to improve wildlife rehabilitation and release.
Paul Reynolds, centre manager, Hart Wildlife Rescue
Richard Edwards, vet, Brent Lodge Wildlife Rescue
Ellie West, RSPCA Officer
This will be followed by questions and debate from the floor, with hopefully some voting technology to assist us.
Please take a look at out speaker biographies here:
For those looking for accommodation in the area we have compiled the following list: