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



October 19th 2014

Since early spring our staff have been working shifts, covering 7 days a week, from 8am till 10pm. They work really hard in the summer months. Now that the centre is quieter they are working a 5 day week, Monday to Friday. That means that Andy and I, with help from faithful, long term  volunteers, take over the day to day work for the weekend. It is a real treat for us to be closely involved with the birds and animals. After all, our love of working with injured and orphaned wildlife was what made us set up the Wildlife Rescue Trust in 1986.

This weekend we were pleased to get hold of a cygnet on Kilbirnie Loch. It was tangled in fishing line, with a hook in its head, and dangling from the hook was a heavy lure. All the fishing tackle was removed, the cygnet given long acting antibioitic, and now it is back with its family. It was a satisfying rescue, but with a little more thought and care, it shouldn’t have happened.

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We have also taken in two sparrowhawks, both this years youngsters, a male and a female. When you see the two together you realize what a big size difference there is between the sexes. The male bird, who came in yesterday, has a broken wing, which is now strapped up. He has settled in well and is already self feeding. The female bird flew into a window, is slightly concussed and has a sore wing.

A pipistrelle bat was a cat victim, and a young collared dove was attacked by magpies.

No new hedgehogs this weekend. That was surprising, several a day had been admitted for the past few weeks. We did manage to release 6 hedgehogs last night, and hopefully more will go out before winter. This mild weather is helpful. There is still plenty of hedgehog food around. Let us know if you think you have a suitable release site.

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