For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild



7th February 2016

The highlight of the week was releasing the badger who has been in care for several weeks. She was a road traffic casualty, suffering from a fractured shoulder, and of course that took a long time to heal. We monitored her progress with a trail camera set in the enclosure. It was good to watch her improve week by week. We released her close to where she was found, and Gavin, who called us when he found her lying on the road, came to see her go. She ambled out of the sleeping box and tottered off without a limp.

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Sparrowhawk, buzzard and great spotted woodpecker were released this week too.

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A guillemot and a cormorant are both eating well, and should be good to go after this stormy weather.

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Sometimes something special happens at Hessilhead. Last Wednesday, a swan was brought into care, having crash landed in a school playground in Paisley. There was quite a lot of blood on his wing, but the injury wasn’t serious. On Friday morning we rescued a swan from a very small yard not far from Ferguslie Park in Paisley. There is usually a pair of swans on the pond in this park, but they were missing. Next morning we allowed the second swan to join the first one, who was already on the pool in the swan hospital at Hessilhead. You can see from the photo that they were delighted to be reunited, and in time for Valentine’s Day too.

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