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The Arrival of the Baby Birds!

Now that we are fully into spring, the centre has received a number of baby birds, ranging from raptors to the far smaller seed eating birds, and of course the more common grain eating birds such as doves and pigeons.

 

However it is important to understand what action you should take if you ever find a young bird and wish to help it, as removing it from its initial location may actually be the incorrect action to take.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A BABY BIRD:

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The warmer weather means that some of the animals who have been maturing with us over the winter are able to be released such as this hedgehog:

Ideally a hedgehog should be released as near to dawn or dusk as possible, as close to the area where it was found as is safe and sensible. This area should already be populated by other hedgehogs and free from badgers who are a dangerous predator to hedgehogs as they do not have a problem with their protective quills.

Overwintered animals should only be released once the overnight temperatures have been above at least 5 degrees Celsius for over a week, and is forecast to remain stable and dry in the coming days. If this is not possible they can be kept outside in a pre-release pen or shelter with adequate food and water. Unfortunately, we do not have such a shelter here so hedgehogs brought to us, especially those brought to us as juveniles miss out on an acclimatisation period, which enables their release to be as gentle as possible.

What can be expected in releasing a hedgehog:

 

  • Initially the hedgehog will lose weight as they will be used to receiving their food from a dish, but after a few day they will regain their bodyweight.
  • Even if the ground upon which they are released is unfamiliar they will quickly become accustomed to their new surroundings. Once they locate a sufficient space to live they will build a nest, and travel to and from it during the night, or move on to build another nest.

 

Note: Do not pick a site that is likely to become waterlogged in winter, also be aware of any pesticides used in the area that may prove fatal to hedgehogs.



 

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Hello! My name is Esther, I am 19 years of age and have lived most of my life in North Wales, UK. I am a student but decided to take a year out before I begin my studies in Medicine (human) in order to do some volunteer work in Wildlife Conservation, similar to the work I had done in the UK with the National Trust, but in a new environment so that I could travel and explore a new culture. However working with animals in such a proximity is something I have never done before, but I love to learn.