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



It was good to see the sparrowhawk released on Wednesday, just before I left for a couple of days away. We came back to a busy Friday evening. David came in with a swan he had collected from the Arran Ferry. It is very badly concussed, getting conventional and homeopathic treatment. Not much improvement today though. Late in the evening we were called out to pick up a roe deer from Saltcoats. She had been hit by a car, and is also badly concussed. She must be the biggest roe deer we’ve ever had to carry! We also discovered that 7 hedgehogs had been flown from The Uists earlier in the day. Perhaps we’d been premature in thinking the hedgehogs numbers would be down this winter.

Today we rescued a cygnet from Ardeer. The hook in its beak came out easily, but it feels like there is a treble hook down its throat. So this poor swan will be going to the vet on Monday, and will probably need an operation.

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