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Our mission is to share knowledge and raise awareness on the use of dogs in ecology and conservation

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The Ecology Detection Dogs in Britain and Ireland Working Group is an open and collaborative group that aims to promote the development of evidence-based standards, create a culture of responsible dog use, encourage collaboration and involvement of key partners and organisations, and support an accreditation process for ecology dogs and handlers. 


Detection dogs can be a valuable tool in ecological surveying and other conservation applications

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Upcoming Events...

Conference Seating



Join us to hear about cutting edge research from some amazing students working in this industry. Talks include seabird detection, dog selection, efficiency trials, future applications and much more!

This is a virtual event, open to members and non-members and will be recorded.

Recording now available on our members forum

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Nutrition for the working nose

- How what your dog eats impacts on their working ability

In this seminar by Dr Jacqueline Boyd, we will explore the essentials of canine nutrition and feeding of relevance to supporting the working dog. We will examine key nutritional aspects of particular interest to support the efficiency and ability of detection dogs.

This is a virtual event for members only.

Recording now available on our members forum

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Detection Dogs and Red Squirrel Conservation

For Squirrel Awareness month, join us to hear Dr Caroline Finlay and Rachel Cripps talk about the benefits of detection dogs in red squirrel conservation.

This is a virtual event for members only.

(date tbc)

We are a diverse group of members from all sectors relating to detection dogs and our current membership includes dog and handler trainers, ecologists, academics, NGO's and representatives from Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations. We run regular events and meetings and welcome new members. Please complete the Contact Form if you would like to join. 

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