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



27th March 2017

The first fox cubs have arrived. On Saturday 3 cubs were found in a garage in Irvine. The lady of the house was sure they hadn’t been there previously, and had tried to give them sugar water. There was another smaller cub, sadly dead. All are feeding weell and although their eyes are still closed, they are active. Hence a photo of one sleeping cub. When awake they just won’t stay still.P1120419 - Copy

Fox cub number 4 came today, after spending a cosy night at Hamilton Police Office, where staff made sure he was kept warm and called him Chester. He is fedeing well too, and tomorrow will be introduced to the 3 cubs.P1120447 - Copy

There has been a steady intake of swans. A second swan from Kilbirnie loch had swallowed line but no hooks. A swan from Ardeer has bites on its neck, probably inflicted by a mink.A swan from Castle Semple Loch had a broken toe, and a cygnet from Lochmaben has damaged carpal joints.

Today Bryan the seal was released. It was a perfect day for a trip to the seaside, flat calm and sunny. Hopefully bryan is enjoying his freedom.

An influx of young pigeons have been joined by nestling collared doves.P1120437 - Copy

On returning from a few days away last week we checked all the badgers. The two that had fractures are walking fine now, so soon we’ll be making arrangements for their release. The temperature is much warmer this evening. Hopefully that will last and we’ll get lots of our hedgehogs into gardens with hedgehog houses.

No garden bird nestlings yet, but today I was watching a pair of long-tailed tits building a nest.

We thought you would like to see the baby pipistrelle that was born in care at Hessilhead 4 weeks ago.DSC_3356 - Copy

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