Young Gannet Mist released back to the wild by the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 15:46, 14th Nov, 2017 | 0

On the 23rd September 2017 ‘Mist’ an adolescent gannet was rescued from Lihou very unwell and weak and brought to the GSPCA Animal Shelter by Volunteer Warden Suzy Rose.

For the first few weeks the bird was under the supervision of our vet and care of the GSPCA team in our intensive care room for large sea birds and seal pups.

Mist responded extremely well to treatment and enjoyed a lot of fish each day.

As Mist grew stronger the bird was allowed outside on one of the GSPCA rehabilitation pools.


Spring time baby bird advice from the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 08:38, 25th Apr, 2017 | 0

With Spring well underway the GSPCA are asking Islanders to please be mindful of the many fledglings popping up around the Bailiwick. 

The GSPCA would like to remind that as a general rule, it is best to leave baby birds alone.

A baby bird has a greater chance of survival in the wild than it has being hand-reared by man as they learn to fend for themselves and how to forage for food by their parents.

Around 2 weeks after hatching young birds in your Bailiwick garden usually leave the nest, just before they learn how to fly.


Bradshaw the kestrel is back in the wild thanks to a team effort at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 14:28, 19th Feb, 2016 | 0

Earlier in the week we told you about two kestrels that were rescued recently and in the care of the team at the GSPCA.

We are pleased to report that the younger of the two called 'Bradshaw' is back in the wild where he belongs.

Rescued by GSPCA Volunteer Wardens Matt Hill-Smith and Jen Bradshaw found stunned in the road earlier this month Matt popped in yesterday to take him back to the area where he was found.

Thank fully Bradshaw wasn't injured badly and after a short period or rest and care he was fit enough to go back where he belonged.


Peter the young kestrel rescued, reared, rung and released

Submitted by Steve on 16:12, 1st Aug, 2015 | 0

On the 26th June a very young, starving kestrel was found on a road in St Peters.

With no mother in site and traffic back and forth the bird was rescued and brought to the GSPCA in St Andrews.

He was placed in an intensive care unit and still had much of his down and not fully feathered due to his age.

Day and night he was hand fed by the team at the Shelter until he was fit enough to place in one of our rehabilitation aviaries.

Over the last few weeks he has built his strength and learnt to fly and forage for food.


Update - Frank the Guillemot has his first day on the rehabilitation pond

Submitted by Steve on 18:16, 3rd Feb, 2015 | 0

Just over two weeks ago you may remember 'Frank' an oiled sea bird arrived at the GSPCA.

Frank was found near the Fairy Rink in Pleinmont covered in oil on January 15th.

After a period in an intensive care unit, a number of bathes to remove the oil and treatment he has been recovering well.

Today with his feather condition recovering he had his first dip out on the pool at the GSPCA, which despite the cold he seemed to thoroughly enjoy.


Watch out for oiled birds on our coast - Frank the first oiled Guillemot of 2015

Submitted by Steve on 17:54, 16th Jan, 2015 | 0

With all of the rough weather the first oiled sea bird arrived at the GSPCA yesterday.

Last year tens of thousands of sea birds were oiled and killed due to the sustained bad weather.

Thankfully a number of the birds last winter were rescued and successfully rehabilitated and released back to the wild thanks to the team at the GSPCA.

Frank as the guillemot has been named was found near the Fairy Rink in Pleinmont.

He has survived his first night and is currently in an intensive care unit and although quite weak the team are hopeful.


Hook the kestrel heads back to the wild today

Submitted by Steve on 10:59, 14th Oct, 2014 | 0

Nearly two weeks ago a kestrel was rescued and brought into the GSPCA from the St Peters area in Guernsey.

The injured bird had a damaged eye and would have likely perished if she hadn't been found.

Hook as the kestrel has been called was initially in an intensive care unit with regular treatment prescribed from the vet and as Hook got stronger progressed into a hospital cage before being placed in one of the soft release aviaries here at the Shelter in St Andrews.


Second kingfisher in 2 weeks at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 13:51, 29th Sep, 2014 | 0

At the GSPCA until only 2 weeks ago we hadn't on record rescued a kingfisher.

Only days before the Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday we rescued Deborah Kerr as we named her from the model yacht pond and we released after 24 hours of care.

Yesterday a second kingfisher was rescued and brought into the Animal Shelter in St Andrews.

The majestic bird was found stunned on a drive in the Vale and is now in an Intensive Care Unit.


GSPCA Domestic Birds Move Outside for the First Time

Submitted by Steve on 13:19, 1st Aug, 2014 | 0

Today we are pleased to announce that domestic birds that come in for rehoming now have a lovely aviary with a view to live in and stretch their wings.

With the new animal welfare legislation now a month after coming into force and the GSPCA striving to lead an example in animal care four birds today moved into their new home.

The wooden framed aviary welcomed two budgies and two cockatiels who are at the Shelter in need of a home.

Cockatiels Rosie and Jim were the first to fly up onto the perches, closely followed by Peter and Paula the budgies.


The storm St Jude hits the Wildlife of Guernsey, but luckily Henry the Herons back in the wild

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:08, 29th Oct, 2013 | 0

With the wind and weather battering our shores the GSPCA have been kept busy with Wild Animals and Birds being rescued around Guernsey.

We have had 10 Hedgehogs since Saturday and 11 birds from Robins to Gulls all found sick, injured or trapped.

Sadly some of them we were unable to save due to their injuries but one of the lucky birds has been Henry the Heron.

Henry had been taking Shelter in an Islanders pond and garden but unfortunately got caught in netting.

He was rescued and brought into the Shelter very wet and disheveled on Sunday.