Patients are assessed on admission. They have time to de-stress and be weighed. The very poorly patients remain here for more frequent observations.
BIRD OF PREY
These birds are naturally shy and easily stressed. Our units provide quiet boxes for resting and minimal disturbance, perching platforms and swings to aid landing, balance and flight practice.
Each day the patient kennels are cleaned, have fresh bedding, food and water. Patients are weighed and observations taken to monitor their progress.
Water birds recuperate outside with space to rest, exercise and water-proof their feathers in preparation for release. Communal birds recuperate together to better support their natural behavior.
The heated incubators are specially designed for birds and small baby mammals to keep them warm and comfortable during the most critical phase of their care.
Young birds can grow and injured birds recuperate in aviaries to gain weight, grow new flight feathers and build muscle strength. Predator and prey species are housed in separate areas.
During winter, hedgehogs that are well enough to leave the heated patient ward are acclimatised to outdoor temperatures. In mild weather they can then be released into suitable habitats.
The enclosures give larger wild animals space to hide and to feel secure while they recover, rest, develop natural behaviours and recuperate without undue stress and with the minimal human contact.
Recuperating large birds and mammals need a clean holding pen to minimise human intrusion. The recovery shed offers a comfortable environment for them to gain condition or for wounds to heal. Once well enough they move to an outside enclosure.
We are grateful for the invaluable support of our local vet - Richard Edwards - and his colleagues at AlphaPet Veterinary Clinics.
Richard has a specific interest in wildlife and generously gives time to us free of charge, with x-rays, clinical treatment and medications for our wildlife patients on a cost-only basis.
WORKING 365 DAYS A YEAR FOR WILDLIFE WELFARE