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.

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Spring is in the air - Pumpkin and Parsnip off back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 22:53, 3rd Apr, 2015 | 0

As the days get longer and the temperature rises the weather is just right for some of our prickly Winter residents to head back to the wild.

Pumpkin the hedgehog was found by Michelle Johansen near Ville au Roi last November at only 330g which would have meant she wouldn't have survived the Winter.

Parsnip was found early December at only 356g in a similar area by Michelle.

Both hedgehogs have spent the Winter at the GSPCA and with the weather just right and Pumpkin up to 960g and Parsnip at 872g they have both reached more than needed in weight to be released.

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High Winds due - advice from the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 09:21, 11th Dec, 2014 | 0

The GSPCA asks that you think of your animals with the weather bomb due.

Bad weather means it is difficult for hedgehogs and wild birds to feed normally, and young seal pups can easily be separated from their mothers.

Below is some advice on what you can do if you find an injured animal, but please remember we have a 24 hour emergency service and our number is 01481 257261.

If possible, contain the animal before calling - see our capture and boxing advice below.

Capture and boxing

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Blue the Gannet released back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 16:30, 5th Dec, 2014 | 0

On the 15th October a young gannet was rescued from Grande Rocques that was extremely weak and very ill.

The bird had to be kept under a heat lamp and was placed on a series of treatments and medications.

Also the poor gannet found it extremely difficult to digest food, and required feeding assistance.

The bird was named 'Blue' and after 3 weeks of intensive care and a period of rehabilitation on the GSPCA pool's the gannet was fit enough to release last week.

Sadly the weather wasn't ideal so staff waited until Saturday 29th November.

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Porridge a Little Egret at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 16:27, 28th Jul, 2014 | 0

On Thursday last week the GSPCA were called out to rescue a Little Egret in St Sampsons.

Porridge as the pretty white bird is called is believed to be a young bird that could not fly.  He was found in the grounds of the prison and is recuperating at the Shelter.

Over the weekend we tried a release but Porridge decided he wasn't quite fit enough to go.

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Guernsey Press video of the seal release

Submitted by Steve on 11:00, 27th May, 2014 | 0

Here is a video of the seal release thanks to Adrian Miller and Guernsey Press.

If you missed the story of the seal release then here it is again -

Friday the 23rd May was not only a joyous and wonderful day for the team at the GSPCA, but also filled with tears and hope.

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Seal pups Trinity and Eden are back in the wild - Thank you to all involved with the fantastic release on Jethou

Submitted by Steve on 16:05, 24th May, 2014 | 0

Friday the 23rd May was not only a joyous and wonderful day for the team at the GSPCA, but also filled with tears and hope.

Grey seal pups Trinity and Eden who were rescued in January of this year were found very close to death and if it hadn't been for the rescue and rehabilitation at the GSPCA Animal Shelter in St Andrews, Guernsey then they certainly wouldn't have made it in the wild.

Yesterday morning GSPCA staff made preparations to release the young seal pups which were rescued separately earlier this year.

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Baby bird advice for Guernsey - often healthy fledglings are best left alone

Submitted by Steve on 15:38, 17th Apr, 2014 | 0

With Spring 2014 well underway the GSPCA are asking Islanders to 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.

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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.

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Art in the Park - Animal Art Exhibition at the GSPCA 19-24 October & Art Auction at the St Pierre Park Thursday 24th October

Submitted by GSPCA on 21:18, 18th Oct, 2013 | 0

On Saturday the 19th October at 10am the ITV Channel Online Presenter Rob Moore will be unavailing a local artists wildlife pictures in the Events Room at the Animal Shelter in St Andrews for the GSPCA.

There will be 22 works of art on show in various mediums that can be viewed up until Thursday 24th October when they will be transported to St Pierre Park Hotel to be auctioned off to the highest bidders and those gathered can enjoy drinks and nibbles sponsored by the Heritage Group.

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