NEW RAPTOR HOSPITAL
Tens of thousands of wild birds get injured, or emaciated, or just lost every year all over the UK. Some are lucky enough to be found by someone and given assistance.
Better still they are taken to vets or centres or groups who have the expertise to quickly assess the birds and get them on the road to recovery if possible.
The whole point of rehabilitation is to accept in injured wildlife and get it well enough to return to the wild. Keeping a large number of injured wild birds is not rehabilitation in its pure form.
Occasionally people like to try and help injured wildlife themselves, but it is usually not advisable, either for the person, or the injured animal or bird. As you learn more about it, you might find you would much rather hand the responsibility to someone with the right expertise! And that's where we come in......
Each year we take in up to 100 injured wild birds of prey that people bring to us. Our policy at the ICBP is to take in every bird that is brought to us and give it the care it needs to be returned to the wild. During the time an injured wild bird is with us at the centre it receives treatment from the Staff, visits to the vet if needed and enough food and warmth for a full recovery. Needless to say not all of them survive, some might be too badly injured and others might go into shock, but at least by being brought to us at the centre they were given the best possible chance of survival. Those that do make it are usually released by the people who found them, so they are part of the whole process and see the end result.
Keeping and caring for these birds temporarily can be a costly process:
We use up a lot of medical supplies with injured birds:
- Self-adhesive bandages
- Cotton buds
- Cotton wool
- Gauze and so on
- towels and more towels
-as well as never being able to find a sharp pair of scissors, or the forceps when we need them.
We also administer courses of antibiotics and worming medication to help send birds back out in to the wild as healthy as they can be.
Finally after years of struggling with a horrid old tiny room that served as our hospital area we have a new one!! Thanks to LAG, we were given a £20,000 grant towards building a state of the art room with specially build critical care boxes to house and care for the injured wild birds. Add to that another £12000 raised by friends and you the public we are just about there.
This new building apart from fitting in really well with the Centre makes a huge difference to us in coping with injured and sick birds and as I write I have just accepted a young injured Sparrowhawk and being able to pop him in a clean ready perfect box and not have to worry or struggle to find things one handed with a bird in the other hand was a joy.
The donations have been wonderful and make all the hard work of caring for these birds, which sometimes flood in, worth while. Our next task is to complete the requirements we have which is a treatment room and a small lab, this will take time and patience.
In the meantime we would like to thank LAG who's staff in the Forest of Dean Council have been absolutely wonderful and without them giving support and advice we never would have succeeded. Also to thank the very special friends and YOU for the donations that have made this wonderful room possible.
Don't stop!!All donations help be it financial or 'stuff' so don't be frightened to ask us if we have a use for something you might think useful, it could be just what we are looking for at the time and we will be very honest with you I promise.
Of course the costs of care and veterinary treatment for the birds is a constant and all donations help towards that as well. If you have any ideas about that – again contact us.
Neil Forbs from Great Western Exotic Vets
International Centre For Birds of Prey
Present the perfect course for raptor keepers, falconers, zoos keepers, demonstrators, educationalists in raptor understanding and owl keepers.
‘Management of birds of prey for health and longevity’
One Day Course
Presented by Neil A Forbes DipECZM(avian) FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Bird Medicine
Two dates available
Sunday February 5th 2017
Saturday April 1st 2017
0900h – 1630h
At: International Centre for Birds of Prey
Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JJ
Cost £85 for one day
Includes lunch, refreshments + comprehensive A4 course notes
Please phone to book at: 01531 820286