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



November 15th 2014

The good weather of the past few days has allowed us to release some patients. A buzzard returned to Bute and another to Kilbirnie. A young heron, released at Hessilhead, has learnt where the food scraps are left, and is often seen having a free meal. Wood pigeons, ferals and collared doves have been released, but as usual more have come to take their place. Today we released a male sparrowhawk and a roe deer. The sparrowhawk was off like a shot, broken wing fully recovered. The deer stayed in view for longer. She soon came round from the sedative that she’d been given for travelling, and jumped a wall to go in the opposite direction to where we’d intended. It was good to see her crossing the field and heading for the shelter of some gorse.

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Yesterday, early evening, we had a call from Kilbirnie, telling us that an otter cub had been found. The cub, an unweaned 8 week old, was found on the road beside the River Garnock, cold, wet and muddy and calling loudly for mum. There was no sign of another otter, so clearly this cub needed help. By the time we arrived to collect her, Niomi, who found the cub, had washed and blow dried her. the cub looked quite content, snuggled up with Niomi and her friends.

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