Oiled Wildlife Response Network
Oiled Wildlife Response Network
Oiled Wildlife Response Network
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Welcome to the Oiled Wildlife Response Network, dedicated to improving national and regional planning, preparedness and response to maritime spills of hazardous, noxious and other substances that affect Ireland’s wildlife.

“The Network’s mission is to offer professional assistance to the responsible authorities by coordinating and effectively utilising resources and expertise that can be mobilised from relevant organisations all under one banner. As well as hands-on assistance to the stricken animals by their personnel and volunteers, on the basis of internationally recognised standards of animal care.”

Supporting Organisations

In the event of a serious pollution incident, the importance of all stakeholders being fully informed and aware of each others challenges is vital. In addition to cooperation amongst Network organisations the  Oiled Wildlife Response Network works closely with authorities and industry to ensure the best outcome for wildlife and the safety of volunteers. 


The Oiled Wildlife Response Network is striving to increase Ireland’s preparedness to respond to major pollution incident involving wildlife following the EUROWA (EURopean Oiled Wildlife Assistance) standards. Being prepared means having a team of trained responders, pre-staged equipment and supplies, specialised facilities ready to received animals, and a plan to bring it all together. This includes protocols for capture, transportation and animal care.

Found an oiled bird?

If you find an oiled bird the most important thing to remember is that it is cold, dehydrated and exhausted. It is  probably emaciated and is definitely stressed. To give this animal the best chance of survival you must first deal with its present condition. Warm it up, get fluids into it and let it rest in a quiet place. Once it is warmed and rehydrated it may eat on its own accord. Washing a bird in this condition will cause extreme stress and may result in its death.

Washing oil off birds feathers is a skilled task that also involves the re-water proofing of the feathers and should only be done by trained personnel.

Pelagic species such as guillemots and razorbills require very specific environments for rehabilitation.

Contact pauline.beades@oiledwildliferesponse.ie for advice.

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