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



December 23rd 2015

This week our first grey seal pup of the winter was brought into care. He was found on Heads of Ayr beach, underweight, dehydrated, bitten and with an eye ulcer. After 24 hours on oral fluids, he began to feed himself, what a clever boy.DSC_1563 - Copy

We have released more of the injured barn owls recently, all taken back to where they were found.
.The two buzzards were released at Hessilhead. The nuthatch will be released on the next calm day, and the blackbirds and redwing too.

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Two weeks ago there was a weekend of incessant rain. 4 roe deer came into care that day, all road traffic victims, and the following morning another one was injured close to Beith. Sadly one of these deer was very badly injured, and put to sleep, and one of them died. 2 of the others have been released, and the third will be out soon.

Some hedgehogs have been released, thanks to help from people with hedgehog houses in their gardens. Plenty more still to go, if the weather remains reasonable warm.

A short eared owl was a surprise casualty. He is very fiesty, and we are hoping for good news when his wing bandage is removed. A young gannet is in care too, found in Kirkintilloch!

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We had a brief visit from Whoopie, the whooper swan who lives at lochwinnoch all year round. Recently he has been hanging around under the feeders at the RSPB visitor centre, and they called to say he had an inured leg. The leg seemed to recover as soon as we caught him, and he wasn’t pleased at being in care and receiving anti-inflammatory treatment and antibiotics. He certainly seemed pleased when released again, and ran away honking.

Believe it or not, baby pigeons are still coming into care. A very sad chick was found under a railway bridge near Paisley, beside a busy main road. It was much too young to be out of its nest, and shivering as it stood under drips from the girders. Picking up a young bird like this makes me feel  lucky and grateful  to be able to help. So easy to rescue and rear, but without help that would have been a very short life.

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Everyone at Hessilhead would like to wish all our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas.

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