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

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CARING FOR SCOTLAND'S SICK, INJURED AND ORPHANED WILDLIFE

January 3rd 2018

New Year, new promise. This year we are going to try really hard and keep the diary going, no matter how many casualties come our way. Last year we floundered when the new of new patients escalated in summer, and we had some staff changes too. Now everything is running smoothly again with a new team wildlife rehabilitators, all determined to provide a first class service for injured and orphaned wildlife.

It is a real treat for us when a casualty that we have nursed back to health decides to make its home close to the centre. Recently we released a rather special heron. It is much paler coloured than the usual grey herons, so is easily recognized. We were thrilled to see it on the swan hospital roof a few days after release, eating scraps of fish left by the seals. At other times it perches on aviary roofs, watching the seals in a nearby pool.

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