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Debra C Bourne (WIN), Becki Lawson (WIN) and Suzanne I Boardman (WIN)

This "UK Wildlife: First Aid and Care" Wildpro volume is designed to provide guidance on the first aid and care likely to be needed by any native wild animal (mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian) in the UK, with particular reference to the London region. It is culmination of the second part of a grant from the Bridge House Estates Trust Fund, the first being the "Waterfowl: Health and Management" Wildpro volume.

We are particularly grateful for the hundreds of photographs provided for illustration of species, diseases and techniques; together with the numerous invaluable documents that have been made available to us in the electronic library. We would like to thank the Bat Conservation Trust, Colin Fountain, Richard Griffiths, Ray Hutchins, Mike Jordan, Paul Kennedy, Pauline Kidner, Vanessa Latford, Becki Lawson, Kaye Locke, Colin Seddon, David Tolliday, Jason Venus and Ian Walker for photographs and images.

This UK Wildlife volume is far larger and more comprehensive than we first envisaged and has become a huge information resource. It concentrates mainly on the techniques and assessments needed for the immediate, short and medium-term care, together with release, of individual animals; it provides natural history information on all UK species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibia. Some specialised veterinary information such as haematological and biochemistry parameters (together with detailed information on the drugs or infectious agents mentioned in the volume) will be addressed in later expanded Wildpro volumes. These are planned to be developed for specific species groups.

The Directory of Organisations & Websites is a new section within Wildpro and we are particularly pleased to be able to include details of the organisations who have given us so much support over the year. We thank all these organisations and give special mention to the Bridge House Estates Trust Fund of the Corporation of London, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, British Trust For Ornithology, The Deer Initiative, Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland, Great North Eastern Railway, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Humane Society of the United States, National Wildlife Health Center (USGS), The Mammal Society, Marsh Christian Trust, The Royal Parks Agency, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Royal Veterinary College, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.

The UK Wildlife volume is a collation of the work of hundreds of wildlife professionals. We wish to express our thanks and respect to all of those who have worked selflessly and tirelessly for wildlife and then made their work available for others to learn from their experiences. We wish to make particular mention of the help and support we have received from James Barnett, Peter Dickinson, Mike Jordan, Paul Kennedy, Pauline Kidner, James Kirkwood, Pat Klein, Terry Marsh, Dave Risley, Penny Rudd, Steve Powell, Tim Thomas, Andrew Wakeham-Dawson, Bob Wingate and Paul Yoxon.

Most of all, thanks are due to those most tolerant and encouraging individuals who provide us with both technical and moral support, in equal quantities: we particularly wish to thank Iain Boardman, Josh Dein, Aidan Dixon, Richenda Haizelden, Jon Hanreck, Alex Hunte, Gordon McLeod, Alastair Smyth and Bob Sowton.

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This volume is dedicated to the memory of Dr Martin Bourne in the knowledge that he believed in conservation and the power of information and without hesitation supported WIN in our efforts to meet the needs of the international zoo and wildlife communities.

"UK Wildlife: First Aid and Care" has been sponsored by
the Corporation of London's
Bridge House Estates Trust Fund 

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