Submitted by GSPCA on 13:28, 26th Feb, 2014 | 0

With all the recent sad news of the seabirds that have died around the Bailiwick recently the GSPCA are pleased to report that today 4 guillemots were successfully released back to the wild.

Alan (found at Vazon), Rachael (found at L'Eree), Chewy (found at Chouet) and Dave (found at Halfway) after 6 weeks of rehabilitation and care at the GSPCA were released below the fortification of Castle Cornet in St Peter Port.

The GSPCA have been waiting for a reasonable long term forecast over the past few weeks and despite a few windy wet days ahead it was decided that the birds now a very healthy weight could be released earlier this morning.

Big Fish Appeal for the GSPCA seal and seabirds at the Animal Shelter in Guernsey

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant caught the birds and with the assistance of GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne the birds were transported this morning to the release sight were the door was opened on a lovely sunny day.

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said 'It has been so sad to see so many injured and dead seabirds around the Channel Islands recently, but today was a day to warm the heart.'

'At the GSPCA we've been working hard caring for many injured, sick, thin and even oiled seabirds which have mostly been guillemots.'

'Alan, Dave, Rachael and Chewy as we called the 4 guillemots came into the GSPCA after the storms in January and unfortunately the recent gales meant they haven't had a chance to be released until now.'

'I always love the moment when I open the door and I see wild animals and birds return to where they belong and it is why we work 24 7 at the GSPCA so that we can make that difference to their lives.'

'We've still got 14 guillemots, 1 gannet and the two seal pups and if anyone would like to donate to our Big Fish Appeal we'd really appreciate it as they are eating quite a few fish as you can imagine.'

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'Releasing wild animals and birds back to the wild with the stunning back ground of Castle Cornet on a sunny day after what has been such a hard time for Guernsey wildlife is a lovely sight.'Guillemot release at Castle Cornet from the GSPCA in Guernsey

'When we let them out they grouped together and swam off and as we've rung them hopefully we'll get reports in the future that they all are doing well.'

'If you find a sick or injured sea bird please call us on 257261 and if you find any that have died the Alderney Wildlife Trust is after the information and always has advice on their website.'

The other birds are still currently being rehabilitated and birds arrive nearly everyday at the GSPCA.  We will update you as the others improve.

To see advice on what to do if you find an oiled seabird please click here.

To visit the Alderney Wildlife Trust page for advice on dead birds and reporting them please click here.

To donate to the seabirds and seal pups Trinity and Edens Big Fish Appeal please call 01481 257261, pop along to the Animal Shelter in St Andrews, by post or by clicking the link below.

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We will of course keep you up to date with Trinity and Edens progress and keep your eyes open for pictures and videos.

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