Tel: 0771 1883072
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HELP!  I'VE FOUND A BABY SWIFT, SWALLOW OR HOUSE MARTIN, WHAT SHALL I DO?

http://www.swift-conservation.org/swift_first_aid_two.htm

Gillian Westray is an expert on the care of swifts and this link provides important information

SWIFTS, Swallows and House Martins are all aerial feeders.  They feed on the wing and very rarely land.

 

They are migratory birds, visiting our shores around April to October when they fly back to Africa.

 

If found grounded, more than likely there is a problem.

 

Sadly, some people still feel the need to knock down nests from under the eaves.  This is not only cruel, it is illegal.

 

In 2016 we had reports of one dreadful lady actually shutting her garage doors to prevent the swallows from entering to feed their young. A neighbour witnessed her doing it and asked her not to.  The lady replied she didn't want the mess that the swallow chicks made.

 

In previous years we have had builders/roofers deliberately knock down nests and leaving the young to die.

 

Cruel acts like this should be reported immediately to the WILDLIFE CRIME OFFICER and photographs/videos taken as evidence.

If you should find a house martin, swallow or swift chick, it may be injured due to the nest collapsing or falling to the ground.

 

It will need WARMTH 

It will need to be placed in a safe, quiet, dark place until a place at a Wildlife Rescue can be secured.

DO NOT FEED THIS TYPE OF BIRD:-

 

Bread and milk

Worms from the garden

 

Swallows, swifts and house martins are insect eaters which they catch on the wing.

 

In Rescue, we replicate this food with live crickets, waxworms and clean maggots.  All of these foods can be purchased from a Pet Store, Reptile Store or from Ebay.

 

A dusting of calcium should be dusted onto their food to build up strong wings and bones.

 

CRICKETS, need to have their spiny legs removed before feeding to the chick.  The legs are just too much for a little bird.

TOP TIP

 

You may find that some of these baby birds won't GAPE, especially the swifts. 

 

if they don't gape, then you need to do the following:

 

1.  Prepare the food, legs off the crickets etc

 

2.  Thoroughly wash your hands

 

3.  With a clean finger nail, gently prise open the baby's beak

 

4.  Drop a cricket or waxworm into his mouth. 

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The Wildlife Orphanage, located off the A19 between Selby and York, is a small wildlife rescue specialising in the care of young wild animals and birds.

APRIL 2017 

On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated 

MARCH 2017

 

Hedgehogs are starting to emerge in the Yorkshire area.  Many are very poorly and need help immediately. Please ring 07711883072 if you spot a hedgehog looking weak and wobbly.

FEBRUARY2017

 

Have you lost this beautiful bunny?

 

Found on the main road at Eggborough and handed in to the police station. Please ring 07711883072 if this rabbit is yours. 

JANUARY 2017

 

Happy New Year everyone!

 

2017 looks like it's going to be a very busy year for the Wildlife Orphanage.  Please ring us immediately you spot a wild animal or bird in distress.  Time is always of the essence when dealing with wildlife.

 

WITH VERY BEST WISHES, AND HERE'S TO A GOOD ONE 

NEWS DECEMBER 2016

Newsletter 2016 has now been published

The weather has finally turned with freezing temperatures and hard ground frosts. Yet the rescue is still admitting little hedgehogs and receiving calls about hedgehogs out in the day.   With food sources gone, these hedgehogs will struggle to lay down the fat reserves needed to survive hibernation and need help immediately. 

THE WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE. A LOOK BACK AT 2016

October News

HEDGEHOGS, THE AUTUMN JUVENILES FLOOD IN!

Baby Pixie arrived weighing only 100g and has numerous problems
Pixie has to have Imaverol baths to clear his skin
Pixie is suffering from mites & ringworm and is in a bad way for such a tiny hedgehog

The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks.  These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year.  They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly.  Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly. 

 

With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation.  They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.

 

If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,

Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.