Important Information Baby Bird Advice & Taking Care When Gardening

Submitted by Steve on 11:52, 11th Jun, 2021 | 0

The GSPCA have been extremely busy in recent weeks with huge numbers of baby birds needing hand rearing that have been found or rescued.

Baby birds are always where possible best left in the wild to be rehabilitated by their parents.

Nicolle Morgan GSPCA Animal Care Assistant said “Very recently we have received a few birds nests full of baby birds varying from pinkies as in newly hatched to fledglings (almost fully feathered), mainly due to disruption from gardening activities.”


Updates on #NationalWildlifeDay from the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 14:33, 22nd Feb, 2021 | 0

Each year the GSPCA helps in excess of 2000 wild animals and birds.

Last year we saw a record breaking number of hedgehogs with over 700 through our doors and we currently have over 140 in our care.

All three seal pups continue to do well with Joey as you can see from the little white coat pup is eating extremely well on his own in our pools with Ellie and Titan who also progress well.

Sadly we continue to see very sick pigeons as the Pigeon Paramyxovirus spreads across the Island and we have had birds and reports from most Guernsey Parishes.


Olly McTolly the Razorbill released back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 17:11, 25th Nov, 2020 | 0

On the evening of the 9th October GSPCA Ambulance Warden was called out in the dark to rescue an oiled Razorbill found at L’Eree.

The stormy Winter weather often stirs up oil from the seabed causing wildlife harm and Olly McTolly as the bird was called when found was rushed to the GSPCA where GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne checked the poorly bird in and provided the initial first aid with the Ambulnace Warden.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Fledglings best left being raised by parents and nests must not be disturbed

Submitted by Steve on 18:48, 20th May, 2020 | 0

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.


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.


Feathered friends in need of homes at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 23:04, 18th Oct, 2017 | 0

At the GSPCA we currently have over 100 domestic birds in our care many of which are ready and looking for loving new homes.

Most are aviary birds and range from quail and finches to a large selection of parakeets.

With just one mixed outdoor aviary housing 60+ small finches and quail, another aviary with nearly 20 cockatiels and a selection of other birds indoors looking for good homes at the GSPCA we have a real selection needing loving new owners.


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.


Winter Advice for Guernsey's Animals and Birds from the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 14:06, 20th Nov, 2015 | 0

With cold winter weather soon to be upon us the GSPCA want pet owners to consider all the animals of Guernsey.

During a cold snap the GSPCA are on full alert, ready to deal with a variety of animals affected by the low temperatures.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "With Winter on its way, at the GSPCA we want to ensure pets and other animals kept and live outside are safe and have all they need."


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.