This tawny owl came in last night, a road casualty, it’s been to the vets and has mild concussion, so will stay with us for a few days.
Happy Christmas and New Year to all our supporters who have helped us during 2014! It’s been a busy one and we are currently over wintering 180 hedgehogs!
All the best for 2015 and we look forward to another year of helping out Wiltshire’s Wildlife!
The WWH Team
The hospital is still getting a steady flow of hedgehogs in, there seems to have been quite a few dog bites this year. Marilyn has been working her magic and most have pulled through. There has also been quite a number of house martins and swallows in. In one incident a builder knocked down three nests, one with eggs and a newly hatched in and the others with older birds. Most of these have been released, Corinne still has 3 which will hopefully grow up in time to make the journey to Africa!
Back in July we had a very unusual swift arrive at the hospital.
Marilyn tried to release him last Friday as the window for releasing swifts is closing fast. He flew along the ground without gaining height which was disappointing as we can not over winter a swift. However on Monday hearing there had been a surge of swifts leaving our shores Marilyn released one of our younger swifts who went beautifully. She then tried again with his silver friend not really thinking he would actually go and as she held him with her hands she could feel how strong he was. With a gentle lift he FLEW watching him gain height until he disappeared against the clouds.
It was never confirmed if he was a different species or whether a unique colouring but at least we were able to release him back to the wild.
It’s good to see ourselves produce a quarterly newsletter again. Also, it is great to see the overwintered species released. It’s quite a heavy workload and costly, but works well. As usual replacement inpatients aren’t good enough to wait and the Spring and Summertime influx has been steady. Luckily, we have a number of regular volunteer helpers and collectors/rescuers to help keep on top of the work. There are gaps where some days are a bit light in help, which is what you get when you are a charity reliant on volunteers. Also, we are getting short of rescuers around the area, in particular, ones who can handle the more difficult and dangerous species. Anyone who would like to step up to the plate at the hospital or out doing rescues, do come forward.
On another note, I had hoped to report how we were getting on with the purpose built facilities within the main barn, which would give us secure and controlled areas for inpatients. We seem to have been let down yet again by the builders who were to head up the project. It is really disappointing, none of us are getting any younger and if we are to make this hospital work in the long term then we need good facilities that are earlier to use. Anyone who can help, once again, please do come forward. Funding is the other area that could do with some help. Anyone who would like to help attract some more money into the coffers please do just make yourself known.
So, we could do better, with developing facilities and funding, but the animal care, which has to be the most important aspect of our work, I consider to be exemplary. We always wish to do better and with better facilities and more help & funds, we would. Please do remember that we are manned by volunteers and funded mostly by donations, any help that you can give us can only improve things.
Mike Korkis – Hospital Manager and Chairman
It’s that time of year again! Sunday 10th August from 12 noon at Newton Toney playing field is our Summer Fayre and it’s going to be a corker!
With events in the arena, BBQ, stalls, games and much more you’d be mad to miss it! So come along and help raise much needed money for your local Wildlife Hospital and have a great family day out!
See you there,
The WWH team