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



APRIL 11th 2014

At last there are signs of spring in the Hessilhead Wildlife Hospital. The over-wintered hedgehogs are being moved outside to harden off before release, and the first babies of the year have arrived. We have several young rabbits, a single mallard duckling, and a cheeky blackbird chick…always hungry. There are young wood pigeons too.  No doubt many more youngsters will come into care in the next few months, and preparations are being made for them. As well as stocking up on supplies of milk and special bird hand rearing foods, we need to buy 12 new cages for the babies.

You can make a contribution towards the cost of  these by visiting

We still have 4 seals in care, but others have been released, so thankfully the daily fish bill and cleaning out has been reduced. Buzzards and a peregrines have been released, as well as many garden birds and corvids. Two adult foxes have recently come into care. One is an old fox, perhaps he has come here for his retirement. The other is a stunted young fox that has been badly bitten by either dogs or foxes. Most of her wounds are healing well, but a nasty one on her tail needed  veterinary treatment. She has to return to the vet next week, and may need her tail amputated.

Must go back to the hospital now. Half an hour has passed since the last feed, and the little blackbird will be shouting for more.




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