IN the space of three days we received no fewer than 30 birds and animals that needed our help. First in was a guillemot followed by another 12, three pigeons, two swallows and a total of six gannets.
We also took in four hedgehogs all from the same family, they all weighed at 150 grams each, just little balls of sharp needles. A fifth one we had to collect from Renton and Swan after they had to amputate one of its legs.
The sea birds were found exhausted on the beaches up and down the coast after being battered with the strong winds and heavy seas. These ones are the the lucky ones as we don’t know how many of these birds we don’t find. All the birds are found by you the general public who call the centre and if they can’t bring them to us our volunteers will go out and collect them.
One such volunteer put in an 11 hour shift and travelled well over 100 miles doing rescues. So please keep up the good work and never be afraid to call us, all it will cost you is your phone call and all our volunteers are people just like yourselves. Why don’t you pop in and help us out at times suitable to you?
Things are now slowly getting back to normal and we will have time to take stock of our inmates getting them back to full strength for release. All of them might not make it but we will give them all the very best of care. As for the wee hedgehogs it looks like they will be with us over the winter and released in the late spring.
Update on Russell 2: still forgets he can’t fly until it’s too late and down he goes. Also in at the moment is a wee Kestrel, she reminds you of one of those portraits in an art gallery as her eyes follow you all around the room and her head never moves.
Should you find an animal in need of our services, or if you need advice please phone HQ on (01289) 302882. We are happy to help. You can also e-mail via our website www.swan-trust.org. We are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swantrust.
If you would like to donate to the Trust (cheques payable to B.S.W.T.),or to become a member please contact the treasurer, Derek Roughton. Yew Tree Cottage, Branton, Alnwick, NE66 4LW. Telephone (01665) 578365.
The Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust is a registered charity in England No. 1064805.