A great few days of sharing skills and expertise

The MISE (Mammals in a Sustainable Environment) project partners were busy working together during September for what has been described as “a few great days” of sharing skills and expertise.

MISE fosters the involvement of communities in Ireland and Wales in mammal conservation through public engagement in volunteer mammal survey work. This promotes stewardship of the local environment, up-skills the community and provides a source of outdoor enjoyment.

Last month, some of the Welsh project team visited the lab at Waterford Institute of Technology to learn about and carry out the DNA tests that are used on the non-invasive samples collected during MISE surveys.

Staff at Waterford Institute of Technology also took the opportunity to carry out specialised field work during the cross-border visit, thanks to their Welsh colleagues.

MISE is a partnership of Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Ireland, and The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Natural Resources Wales and Snowdonia National Park Authority in Wales.

The cross-border team has been awarded a 6-month project extension by the Programme to continue and add to their research.  The project will finish in June 2015. 

Be sure to check out their upcoming activities on the MISE website