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How will Brexit (The UK-EU Referendum) affect UK Wildlife?

By Lee Raye, Tutor, ADL Online Education on July 7, 2016 in Animals | comments

In the UK most of our wildlife legislation does not come from the EU, and therefore cannot be affected by Brexit. For example, the Ground Game Act (1880) controls which species can be hunted, when they can be hunted, and who they can be hunted by. This Act obviously pre-dates the EU, and is very unlikely to change just because we leave. The same is true of our Pests Act (1954) and even our Wild Mammals Protection Act (1996)...


Common Symptoms of Diseases in Poultry

By Vicky Protopapadaki, Tutor, ADL Online Education on June 21, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments

Poultry is a collective term used to describe domesticated birds such as chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys and others. These are mainly used by humans for production and exhibition purposes but some also make excellent pets. 

Like all birds, poultry are, too, susceptible to disease. Disease is very common among poultry, especially those used in the farming industry. While it may be impossible or impractical to check individuals for symptoms of disease in a flock of thousands, the effect of disease on a flock can be detrimental to production. Additionally, and most importantly, disease may be an indicator of overall poor welfare...


Animal Care… the job for you?

By Iona Lister, Tutor, ADL Online Education on June 18, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments

Did you know that the pet population estimates that 13 million (46% of) UK households have pets. The pet population stands at around 65 million – including fish. This brings the importance of animals into sharp focus, and also the possibilities of animal care as a potential career.

Latest figures for the UK Top Ten Pets are:

1. Fish kept in tanks: 20 - 25 million (9% of households)
2. Fish kept in ponds: 20 million (5% of households)
3. Dogs: 9 million (24% of households)
4. Cats: 7.9 million (18% of households)...

The Fundamentals of Environmental Enrichment

By Vicky Protopapadaki, Tutor, ADL Online Education on March 30, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments
The welfare of captive animals is often compromised as they live in man-made environments which don’t always successfully replicate their natural ones. In such conditions, animals often have very little opportunity to exercise the full range of their normal/natural behavioural repertoires and tend to develop severe behavioural and health problems. 

One way to compensate for the inadequacies of the captive environment and to improve animal welfare is by 


Four Reasons Why You Should Study Animal Behaviour

By Vicky Protopapadaki, Tutor, ADL Online Education on March 29, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments
Have you ever wondered why your cat looks hypnotised for a second or two after she smells something interesting? (hint: it is called the Flehmen response) Or why your dog likes burying bones? Do you think chimpanzees smile because they are happy? The answer may surprise you.

Animals are captivating. They have their own unique ways of communicating their thoughts, feelings and intentions to their conspecifics and members of other species, including humans. While we may be fascinated by animal behaviour we are often at a loss