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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

Photo Credit: Kryus


Upcoming Events...

October 2022


Conservation Detection Dog Conference

The UKs first in-person detection dog conference, hosted by Kryus, with members of the WG attending, giving demos or with stands & posters - come along and meet us! 

October 2022


Whole Group Meeting

A whole group meeting: Will cover updates from the board and themes. Full agenda to be issued soon.

Doodle poll has been issued, please complete to confirm the date. 

July meeting minutes in members forum

Dandelion Fields

Efficiency Trial Meeting

Research theme meeting, please speak to Caroline if you would like to attend, or wish to be involved in this theme!

Meeting Minutes in Members Forum

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 meet approximately four times a year via conference call. We welcome new members. Please contact us through the contact form if you would like to join!

Sponsored by

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Geckoella is pleased to support the working group, as part of their ongoing commitment to innovation and best practice.

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