About Us

WRI exists to promote wildlife rehabilitation and improve wildlife welfare and conservation in Ireland.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI)

Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI), the promoter of the new Wildlife Hospital, is a not-for-profit NGO that represents wildlife rehabilitators and the welfare and conservation of wildlife in Ireland.
WRI promotes and encourages best practice and sets high ethical standards for the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife; it is an independent data collection point for records of wildlife casualties; it helps unite Ireland with the International wildlife rehabilitation community, and it offers wildlife educational events on a regular basis to all who are interested in Ireland’s wildlife heritage.

WRI is based in Duleek, Co Meath and is registered in Dublin, Ireland. It is a registered charity and private company limited by guarantee.
WRI was established in 2010 with the aim of working for the general advancement of wildlife protection and rehabilitation in Ireland.

WRI originally created, and continues to maintain, the Wildlife first-aid / rehabilitation advice/veterinary data web resource that is widely used not only throughout Ireland but also worldwide – Irish Wildlife Matters [www.irishwildlifematters.ie]

WRI has also organised and run several Wildlife Rehabilitation and Wildlife Crime training and discussion conferences that have had a significant effect on the Irish Wildlife protection scene.

Through these conference initiatives, WRI has established close working relationships with a diverse range of organisations.
The collective experience, cooperation and backing of all these organisations and individuals enable WRI to successfully achieve our aims.

Most recent Annual Accounts: View Here

Most recent Strategic Plan: View Here

Annual Report for 2020: View Here

Office: 10 High Meadows, Duleek, Co Meath
Company No. 555237 | Charity No. 20991 | Registered Charity No. 20142551
Directors: E. Higgs, P. Nolan, M. Gunn, J. Stanley, H.Bedell (Chairperson), D.Duffy, A.Corcoran, G.Murphy, S.Murphy

Our Ethos

Our project is unique; the Wildlife Hospital will incorporate the best ideas and designs collected by our design team over the past 20 years from a wide range of wildlife facilities, nature centres, and visitor attractions internationally,.

It will be the first of its kind in Ireland, and will be a role model for future Wildlife Hospitals worldwide!

Our ethos is different from many other places that either concentrate solely on wildlife welfare, or on conservation, or use animals as attractions for commercial purposes. Our organisation works on the principle that ultimately, education is the key to protecting biodiversity: whilst we must, and will, actively rehabilitate injured wildlife, we must educate people to actively cherish and protect our biodiversity. We will be involving the community as much as possible, offering education, training, and opportunities for personal, physical and mental development.

We believe the Wildlife Hospital will directly contribute to the conservation of some of Ireland’s most endangered species. This state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility will provide the highest quality of rehabilitation to injured and orphaned native wildlife – ensuring their best chance of survival once released back to the wild, — with the hope that they will go on to breed and contribute to the success of their population and species.

The Wildlife Hospital will be built under the following principles:

Provide purpose-built facilities for the recuperation of sick and injured wildlife, with the animal’s health and wellbeing at the forefront of operational decisions.

Develop educational programmes that provide learning experiences around the wildlife undergoing rehabilitation, as well as promoting a wider understanding of their species and what we can do to contribute to their conservation.

Provide educational development for veterinary professionals and existing wildlife rehabilitators working with Irish wildlife, and encourage best practice standards to be implemented by all who care for wildlife in Ireland.


Wildlife Hospital

Postal Address: WRI Wildlife Hospital, Tara Na Ri, Garlow Cross, Navan, Co Meath


Email: office@wri.ie
Postal Address: 10 High Meadows, Duleek, Co Meath
Website: www.wri.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WRI.ie
Twitter: @WildlifeRI
Mailing List: www.wri.ie/pages/mail.html

Want to get involved?

We’re always happy to receive expressions of interest from people interested in joining our steering group.
If you want to help; we can probably ‘use’ you!

Please complete and email THIS FORM to office@wri.ie


Mary Reynolds
Mary's book
Mary's book

Mary Reynolds

Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to have the well known nature activist and landscape designer Mary Reynolds as Patron promoting the value of our work, in particular, our vision to build Ireland’s first Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital.

Click here to see Mary releasing the injured crow she found.

Mary designs gardens that marry the needs and wishes of the lands guardian with the needs and wishes of the land itself. With her roots in natural gardening theory, Mary seeks to create spaces that are healing, truthful and magical.

A Chelsea flower show gold medal winner, Mary has designed gardens internationally for more than 17 years, including commissions in Kew Royal botanical gardens in London as well as occasional stints of garden television presenting for RTE and BBC.

Mary has recently published a comprehensive and ground – breaking book; The Garden Awakening. Her new approach to garden design is a practical treasure map that leads gardeners into a gentle and healing relationship with the land.

This beautiful book is a step by step instruction manual drawing on ancient methods of working with the land and using them to invite the power and energy of nature back into your life and surround your house and life in its life giving healing embrace.

A feature length film: Dare To Be Wild based on Mary’s true life story made by Irish director Vivienne de Courcey, was released in 2016.

To visit Mary’s website; click www.marymary.ie



Professor Michael Doherty PhD, MVM, BVM&S, MRCVS, ECBHM, Dip.ECSRHM – Dean, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine, Co Dublin


Bev Truss RVN DipCABT – The Hogsprickle Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Unit, Co Clare


Peter Clarke – Northern Ireland Badger Group


Dan Donoher – Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit, Co Kildare


Dr Pete Wedderburn BVM&S VertVR MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon, Brayvet, Co Wicklow