Submitted by Steve on 16:42, 17th Jan, 2019 | 0

Yesterday the GSPCA team released a female Barn Owl that was rescued on the 3rd December last year.

The bird that has been called Nicki was found injured in the road on L’Ancresse and on arrival the team thought her chances of survival were very slight.

If the finder Nick Fitzgerald hadn’t have rescued the bird she surely wouldn’t still be alive.

The rescuer actually saw Nicki fly into the side of a car which and he thankfully managed to stop and catch the bird and transported her to the GSPCA.

Nicki the Barn owl required immediate vet care and was given fluids and medications as well as a period of time in an intensive care unit.

Nicki soon grew stronger and was soon moved to a rehabilitation aviary.

Earlier in the week she was rung so if she is found again she can be easily identified and yesterday was the BIG day.

GSPCA Animal Care Assistant Beckie Bailey met up with Nick Fitzgerald who rescued Nickie for the release which took place yesterday afternoon at L’Ancresse where she had been found nearly two months ago.

Beckie Bailey said “Not only do we have to thank Nick Fitgerald for rescuing Nickie the Barn Owl we also have to thank him for talking some photos and a video clip of the release.”

“Any bird hit by a car has a slim chance of survival but Nicki was the lucky one.”

“It took weeks of care but thankfully she was strong enough yesterday to be released and it was fantastic to release her back where she was rescued from.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “It is very busy here with wildlife from the 100 hedgehogs to the oiled birds in our care, not forgetting the 4 seal pups.”

“We help over 2000 wild animals rescued every year in Guernsey and it is wonderful when birds that are so beautiful like Nicki the Barn Owl are able to be released back to the wild.”

“The GSPCA team work incredibly hard to help and care for the 1000’s of animals through our doors each ear but the animals rescued would be here if it wasn’t for kind individuals like Nick Fitzgerald who rescued Nicki and gave her that chance of survival.”

“There are many ways to help support our work and to donate or set up an event to raise funds for the GSPCA please visit .”

“Next month it is our GSPCA Purple Week when we celebrate 146 years and to get involved please visit our web page .”

“We have a numbe of appeals to help the animals in our care and to find out more please check out our links.”

You can donate via our page or create your own sponsored event or challenge -

To donate to Sealia, Gully, Andy and Marty the seal pups please visit -

To donate to help Ellie the cocker spaniels life saving operations Just Giving page please visit -  

To visit the Just Giving page raising funds for life saving Intensive Care Units please visit or to buy one directly for the Shelter please visit

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor please visit -

To download a Corporate Angel Pen Pal form please click here  

To Buy a Brick in the new Wildlife Hospital and download a leaflet please click here -

To learn about the ‘Buy a Brick’ in the new Wildlife Hospital and find out more please click here -

To learn more about our biggest project, become an Exclusive Build Partner and support our Wildlife Hospital please visit

To donate to the animals in our care another via our paypal page -   

If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email [email protected]


Here a few links with ideas to help the animals in our care and wishes we are trying to raise funds for so please do get involved with GSPCA Purple Week and help us help those in need -

To see some of the animals looking for homes at the GSPCA please visit –

Another way to support us is our on site Charity Shop and refreshment area and to find out more please visit -

If your group or business would like to find out about spending a day at the Shelter please go to -

For other ways your business can help us here at the GSPCA please go to -

On Monday 7th January we have a volunteer induction evening and for more information and additional induction dates please visit or call 257261

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

To see our Wish List on our website please visit -

To visit our Amazon Wish list please visit -

For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

If you think the team or an individual goes over and above some international awards open for nominations currently are –

The ADCH & Petplan Awards -

The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards –

To find out more on trips, talks and our education work please email [email protected] or call 01481 257261




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