Thank You Message to all our Supporters and Followers

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We would like to thank all of our followers, supporters as well as first-time and longtime donors for the continued and kind support of our work here at Corvid Isle. As a small and self-funded sanctuary we really do appreciate your help and are grateful to everyone who supports us. Thanks to your help, be it directly or via Easyfundraising, we have been able to provide our residents with food, medication, veterinary care, enrichment and of course a permanent home they need and deserve.

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Please do not trim your hedge during nesting season

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Please do not trim your hedge during nesting season

We would recommend to avoid hedge cutting and trimming during the main breeding season, which usually runs throughout March to August each year. This can be weather dependent and some birds may nest outside this time period. Please do always check carefully for active nests prior to cutting.

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Hedge trimming and cutting - the law

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built, or to intentionally kill, injure or take chicks or adults, or intentionally take or destroy any eggs.

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Have you found a barely feathered bird?

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Have you found a barely feathered bird?

Unfeathered or barely feathered baby birds will need your help, as they cannot survive by their own. You need to act swiftly, as they will get cold very quickly. Put them into a secure, padded and well ventilated carrier or card board box.

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What shall I do now?

Keep the bird warm and bring it as soon as possible to an experienced bird rescue. If you are sure that the bird is warm, healthy and uninjured, and that you can get him or her safely back into the nest where it came from, then you can try this first. Do not forget to watch the nest closely from a safe distance to make sure that the parents are still in attendance and continue to care for the rescued bird. If there is any doubt, do not waste time and contact your local rescue immediately to get advice how to proceed.

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Please do not...

...put any food or water into the box. Please do not attempt to feed the bird, as birds cannot digest food when being cold. Hatchlings and nestlings are prone to aspirate and can easily suffocate. They will require a specialist diet to thrive, to be given after being sufficiently warmed up and rehydrated.

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Have you found a bird which has been attacked by a cat or dog?

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Have you found a bird which has been attacked by a cat or dog?

The saliva of cats and dogs contains Pasteurella multocida bacteria, which cause fatal infections in birds, mammals and reptiles within a few hours, if not treated with appropriate antibiotics as soon as possible.

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What shall I do now?

Keep the bird safe and warm and get in touch immediately with your local wildlife rescue or rehabber. Please do not release a bird without obvious signs of an injury. A tiny scratch or puncture wound is enough to seed the potentially fatal infection.

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Nesting Season – Spring Wildlife Advice

As this year’s nesting season is already in full swing, it seems appropriate to address some common problems wildlife rescues and rehabbers encounter every year. Most importantly it is worth noting that due to the small size of our sanctuary and our work commitments we are unable to attend wildlife rescues or to give timely social media, email or telephone advice in ongoing emergency or rescue situations.

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Juvenile starling

However, if you have a question regarding bird or specifically corvid rescue, care or rehabilitation, then please check out our Corvid Care page or alternatively go to our Forum. Both sources contain a multitude of information about wildlife and bird emergencies in general and will also give detailed information referring specifically to corvids. For your convenience we have provided a few especially important links here in this blog post. These links will give you access to blog posts containing essential pieces of information about who to rescue and who to leave alone and how to recognise and catch a poorly or sick bird. Furthermore, these links will also provide you with detailed information about general life saving first aid measures focussing in particular on injuries inflicted by freely roaming unsupervised pet cats, which will save lives and will increase chances of survival aimed to bridge the time gap until a patient is being handed over into the care of an experienced wildlife rescue or rehabber.

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