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



17th July 2014

At this time of year new patients arrive every day. Most days there are about 20 new casualties to assess, treat and feed.  On the other hand, there are often birds or animals to release.

This morning we boxed over 100 young gulls. Remember these were hatched at Hessilhead, the eggs having been taken from the Naval Base at Faslane. As I write this now, the gulls will be exploring the mud flats at Hunterston, taking their first flights in the wild, and setting off on an exciting adventure. 3 young lapwings and an oystercatcher  are being released there too. They have been flying arounfd their enclosure for the past few days.

We have hedgehog families ready to go too. This year we have a record number of hedgehogs that have reared their young in care. Well done to the staff and volunteers who have cared for these families with minimum disturbance.

At the weekend another roe deer fawn came into care. It was caught in a fence, damaged a hip and cut its foot. It is up and walking now, drinking goat’s milk from a bowl and nibbling vegetation. Hopefully it can join our other fawn soon.

The finger sized weasel is growing well, though teaching him to eat meat is a messy business and baby bats are looking good too. These small mammals take a lot of attention, but it is very rewarding to see them grow up.

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The last thing we expected a few days ago was a call about a seal pup in trouble. It doesn’t seem long since Kitty was released, and it was a relief not having to clean seal pools every day. The new pup is a common seal, and came from Northumberland. Only a week old, but eating sardines.

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I am off on holiday for a week now. By the time I am back the tawny owls will be ready for release, and we’ll be looking for a suitable barn for our barn owls. This is the time of year when we see the results of all the dedicated work.







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