The glorious weather of the past few days has allowed us to release some birds. The blackbird aviaries have been opened, and dunnocks, robins and blue tits have ventured off on their own. We released a tawny owl at Rouken Glen Park; it had been found in a goal net, and ducks and ducklings have been released too. It doesn’t make for any less work or more space at the centre, as more than 20 new casualties arrive every day.
This evening we are off to release 7 hedgehogs. Some of these have been caught on the Uists, and sent to us for relocation. Others have been treated here and now fit and healthy. In the hospital we have 14 baby hedgehogs. Most of these have come from disturbed nests, and luckliy for us, they are just old enough to feed themselves. They are drinking esbilac, a special milk formula, and eating tinned cat food. We can see them getting bigger by the day.