Wildlife General Information and Contacts

Injured Wildlife

If you find an injured animal, please consult the following web resources, which provides information on what you should do and the veterinary and rehabilitation professionals you can contact.

Irish Wildlife Matters website has a ‘Contacts’ page with a map showing your nearest wildlife rehabilitator and vet that is happy to treat/provide advice regarding an injured wild animal. It also gives basic first aid advice for the general public. If they cannot assist they will advise on others to contact. 


Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine can give you a number for your local District Veterinary Office (DVO) who can give you a number for the closest vet to you. (click HERE for the list of DVO’s by County from the DAFM website)

AddressDepartment of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 607 2000 or 07610 64400
Website: www.agriculture.gov.ie
Email: info@agriculture.gov.ie


Veterinary Council of Ireland has a option ‘Search for a Registered Premises’ on their website homepage

AddressVeterinary Council of Ireland, 53 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: (0) 1 668 4402
Fax: (0) 1 660 4373
Website: www.vci.ie
Email: info@vci.ie

Wildlife Crime

Wildlife Crime Ireland is a website that provides helpful information and some examples of wildlife crimes can be found here ‘What is a wildlife crime

To report any suspected breaches of the Wildlife Act the first point of contact is the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Address: National Parks & Wildlife Service, 90 King Street North, Dublin 7, D07 N7CV
Tel: (01) 888 3242
LoCall: 1890 383 000 (from Republic of Ireland only)
E-mail: nature.conservation@chg.gov.ie


Bats are protected under law in Ireland under the Wildlife Act, 1974 and Wildlife Amendment Act, 2000.  It is an offence to disturb, injure or kill them or disturb or destroy their roosts. Information on bats and legislation are provided here by Bat Conservation Ireland

Bats in Your Roof

If you wish to conduct any work or repairs in the roof, you will need to contact the NPWS.

The NPWS have produced a useful leaflet, entitled “Bats in Houses – Guidance for Householders” which gives further information. View here or contact NPWS (details provided above)

Bird species

For matters related to protected bird species or nesting birds contact NPWS on LoCall 1890 383 000 or Birdwatch Ireland 01 281 9878.

Pine Marten

Pine martens are a rare mammal in Ireland and are protected under National and International legislation. If you are concerned or encounter a Pine Marten in your garden or near the vicinity of your home, you can find more information on the website here. 

General Information

The legislation regarding our Wildlife is provided by NPWS here.

General advice on wildlife can be provided by DLR’s Biodiversity Officer, please contact annemurray@dlrcoco.ie

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