Hello and welcome to the first official Seahaven Wildlife Rescue blog post! These posts will usually contain any mixture of the following:
- Campaigns we’re supporting
- Information and updates on our current casualties
- Stories from the Seahaven team
- Wildlife tips
and potentially many more! Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.
But, to kick-start the new blog in the new year, we thought we’d do a re-cap of what we’ve been up to in 2018.
This year has been a very busy one for our little charity. We’ve answered well over 2000 emergency rescue calls, driven roughly 9000 miles, and saved the lives of countless animals!
The species we had the most calls about in 2018 were:
These two fledgling Woodies came to me for intensive care and hand rearing. Hari (left) had a deep wound from being predated and made a full recovery. Cooper (right) had a fractured and infected leg, and after two weeks of care, medication and physio he recovered the use of his leg. Unfortunately, Cooper later passed away from a resilient lung infection. These are the cases that are heartbreaking for wildlife rescuers like us. Seeing him come so far, but it still not being enough.
We’ve had a very large quantity of feral pigeons come and go this year, and thankfully most of them made it through their illnesses and have been released! The pigeon in this photo is one that had come in to have some of its toes amputated, and had been successfully released. Months later, Carrie found him living happily with a flock at Churchill Square! Moments like this lift our spirits.
This baby Blackbird was named Pippin, she was caught by a cat and taken in by a volunteer for immediate treatment of her wounds.1 We were hopeful for her, as she was peeping away and no infection had taken hold. An X-ray confirmed she had severe nerve damage in her leg, and so she was sent to Rogers Wildlife Rescue to be raised with other Blackbirds her age, and hopefully regain some use of her leg.
And last but certainly not least… The busiest gull season we’ve ever faced, where we had over 1000 calls for gulls alone!
We weren’t the only rescue struggling with the massive amounts of herring gull chicks that needed rescuing. All local charities were inundated with casualties and orphans! Thankfully, a good amount were able to be returned to the nests they’d tumbled out of. By working together with Rogers Wildlife Rescue, we were able to rescue and release way more between us than if we’d worked alone. Every few days we turned our meds room into a pool for the chicks. Believe me, that is not something you want to clean up after!
But these four species weren’t the only ones we’ve had in this year. We’ve also rescued mice, garden birds, squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, owls, kestrels, partridges, ducks, and a cat that had been missing for 5 weeks! A big thank you to the members of the public and other wildlife organisations who phoned up and alerted us to these rescues. You play an essential part in our charity, and we couldn’t do it without you!
Naturally, we aren’t supposed to have favourites, but I’m pretty sure every one of our volunteers hold a special few rescues in their hearts. Allow me to introduce you to our 2018 favourites.
As you can see, we’ve had a very busy year, and this post covers only a fraction of the work we’ve done. No doubt 2019 will be just as busy! Please let us know what you’d like to see on this blog, and feel free to ask us any questions you have about our charity and casualties in the comments!
Finally, we’d like to say a massive thank you to all of the people who have donated, supported, and sent us things from our wish list this year. We rely entirely on donations, and due to your amazing generosity we’ve managed to meet our costs for the year and keep doing what we do best
One of our biggest hopes for 2019 is to be able to raise enough money that we can expand the charity! Check out our facebook and instagram for our current fundraiser links and wishlist.
Happy New Year from me (Rhianna) and the rest of the Seahaven team