Fishing lure embedded in a Guillemot at Petit Bot

Submitted by Steve on 12:24, 21st Aug, 2014 | 0

Yesterday afternoon the GSPCA were called to an injured guillemot at Petit Bot.

When GSPCA Ambulance Collection Officer Geoff George arrived he was faced with a very distressed and badly injured bird.

The guillemot had been caught with a floating fishing lure which had 3 sets of 3 hooks embedded in the back of the bird.

The lure had to be cut off and stitched which took place yesterday at Isabelle Vets.

The bird was then transported to the Shelter where he has been named Stitch and was placed in an intensive care unit over night. 


Gull training for GSPCA staff and volunteers - Thank you to Paul Veron

Submitted by GSPCA on 11:33, 6th Aug, 2013 | 0

Today Shelter staff and volunteers had the pleasure of a local expert in Gulls give a talk on their movements, the tracking of them and their behaviour.

Paul Veron who has been ringing birds since 1976 and has rung over 53,000 himself since starting has a wealth of knowledge that he shared with the GSPCA team before they started their work.

Paul talked primarily about the movements and ringing work of the Herring Gull, Black Back Gull and Lesser Back Gull all of which breed around the Bailiwick.


Oiled Alderney Razorbill Gillette is back in the wild after weeks of care

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:05, 21st May, 2013 | 0

On the 8th February this year the GSPCA received a Razorbill from Alderney which had been affected by crude oil.

Staff at Alderney Animal Welfare had cared for the bird and done a wonderful job removing the crude oil from the its feathers after being found on the coast of Alderney. If it hadn't been for their staff this bird would certainly have perished.


'Refined mineral oils' blamed for bird contamination - If you see any around the Bailiwick please let the GSPCA know

Submitted by GSPCA on 13:53, 4th Feb, 2013 | 0

On Thursday of last week the start of what has turned out to be over a hundred sea birds being affected by what is blamed to be refined mineral oils.

From Cornwall to Sussex much of the English South Coast has been affected and the GSPCA are asking walkers and those using the coast line to be vigilant in case any birds or wildlife are in need of help.

Many organisations have been involved from the Environment Agency to the RSPCA in the UK.  In fact the RSPCA have already rescued over 100 birds which have been taken to their Wildlife Hospital West Hatch in Somerset.


Swimmer the Manx Shearwater on the road to recovery to hopefully continue the winter journey to South America soon

Submitted by GSPCA on 12:39, 20th Sep, 2012 | 0

This GSPCA had a call on Saturday to help a bird in need.

Often mistaken for penguins this Manx Shearwater was spotted in St Sampsons harbor in distress.

An ambulance driver was dispatched to the scene and was forced to enter the water to catch this very ill little bird.

The caller thought the poor bird was caught in fish netting but during the rescue it became apparent that the Shearwater was very lethargic and thin.

Ambulance Driver and Animal Care Assistant Eddie Higgins managed to rescue the bird that Shelter staff have named Swimmer.


Lady Ga Ga seen and doing well

Submitted by GSPCA on 19:20, 9th May, 2012 | 0

Only a day after her release the lesser black back gull Shelter staff named Lady Ga Ga was seen at Chouet and looking well.  The staff would like to thank Paul Veron for the picture and the update (Lady Ga Ga is the bird on the right).

If you missed Lady Ga Ga's story then read below -



Lesser Black-backed Gull Lady Ga Ga Saved and Released. Read her tale...

Submitted by GSPCA on 11:25, 27th Apr, 2012 | 0

On the 20th April the Shelter had a call to collect a Gull near the Chouet Lanfill site.  ACO Geoff George attended to find the bird covered in some sort of pink building filler.  The poor bird had it all over its body and feathers.  She was in a field near the site with her wing stuck to her body and unable to fly. Geoff managed to catch her and she was brought to the Shelter for some immediate first aid.


Adele the oiled Grebe on the road to recovery

Submitted by GSPCA on 20:54, 19th Mar, 2012 | 0

An update on Adele the Grebe that came in covered in oil from Torey Canyon last month.

We are pleased to say she is doing well and the oil has now been removed.  We are caring for her until her water proofing returns before we release her to the wild.  Currently having physio on one of our pools she appears to be enjoying being back on the water.

To find out more details about Cupcake Week 25th - 31st March and raise money to care for birds like Adele


Another casualty from discarded fishing hooks

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:09, 24th Feb, 2012 | 0

Only a day after the warning of rubbish and we have yet another injured bird this time a fishing hook injury.  The razorbill which we have named Bill survived last night after coming in and is doing well in one of our intensive care units with the hook removed we are hopeful that the wound will heal.

What you can do to help to help the animals of Guernsey

Protecting pets, farm animals and wildlife from harmful rubbish is straightforward – simply dispose of your waste responsibly


Another Casualty From Torrey Canyon

Submitted by GSPCA on 10:52, 22nd Feb, 2012 | 0

Last night we had yet another casualty from the Torrey Canyon.  We first received the call on Sunday but unable to get to contain the bird until last night the poor Great Crested Grebe has had to endure several nights covered in oil.

Yesterday Animal Collection Officer Geoff George managed to catch Adele as we’ve now named her and she will receive a number of bathes and hopefully some luck to survive before we can look to release her.

These birds are winter visitors to Guernsey and can be found in small numbers around our coast this time of year.