Help from a client

This was sent to RSPB from one of our clients:
Hi
I just want to share with you a new experience for me followed by a funding question.
I received a phone call from my distressed daughter to inform me that one of her cats had brought a baby bird into the house and it was still alive, cowering in the corner. I told her to try and get it into a shoe box and i would go straight round. She told me it had yellow feathers and was as big as her hand, i told her to stop exaggerating as it couldn’t be that big.
Imagine my suprise when i opened the box to see the strangest looking specimen i have ever seen, i have been bird watching most of my life but i must confess i have never seen what i now know is a baby pigeon. If i had to put money on it i would have said it was a duckling.
After an internet search i managed to find a privately run bird rescue center not too far away. We managed to get the bird there still alive and then Wendy took over, her dedication and expertise was immediately apparent, she then kindly let me have a look round her rescue pens which have taken over her entire garden and conservatory.
This brings me onto my funding question. As i got chatting i was quite suprised to find that the whole operation was run on donations and she is currently in the process of training other volunteers to help her.
After seeing what a fantastic job Wendy is doing, i was wondering if the RSPB provides any sort of financial support for these kind of centers, i would love my RSPB contributions to go into this kind of project.
For anyone interested the website is http://hgbr.co.uk/

The reply came back;

Hi Ross,
Many Thanks for your enquiry. What a great story and I am glad it all turned out ok in the end. We receive hundreds of welfare calls every week despite being a conservation charity with nothing to do with welfare issues and have recommended Wendy many, many times so we understand what a great job these rescue centres do.
The RSPCA are the UK’s largest animal welfare charity dealing with many welfare issues to do with UK wildlife but I am not sure if they are involved in helping smaller rescue centres with funding. Unfortunately we as a charity are not in a position to provide funding for rescue centres, any money we are donated has to legally be used for the reasons we have appealed for it, as a conservation charity aiming to save threatened species, protect habitats and educate about conservation our money has to go to this and cannot be distributed in any other way.
Of course we will always offer as much support to these rescue centres as possible, we will always provide them with information should they need and will work with them when required but to be honest we rarely liaise with them as not being a rescue charity they have very little need to call us or us call them.
Hope this helps
Regards,
Ben Andrew
Wildlife Enquiries
The RSPB

Thank you Ross for all your efforts. Regards Wendy

Hedgehogs in July

There will be many female hedgehogs giving birth in July and those hoglets born
in early June will soon be out foraging with their mothers. Hoglets are born blind
and naked. However within 2 hours of being born a cushion of fluid that covers
their first set of prickles is absorbed and the prickles appear. They have around 200
white prickles that are in straight lines running from head to tail (yes they do have a
small tail). Their second set of prickles starts to push through 36 hours after they are
born. Their skin is a grey colour on their backs and pink on their face and tummy.
Gradually as the prickles grow longer their face starts to develop some hair. When
they are 8 days old they can curl into a ball and at 14 days their eyes open, quickly
followed by their ears. When they are 4 weeks old they start to venture out with
mum. By this time they are little miniatures of an adult. If you have a nest in your
garden, do not be tempted to peep inside as mum may abandon them or move them to
a new site.

To help them get around your garden if you have steps try putting an extra brick on
each step this will half the depth of each step to make it easier for little legs to climb
up.

Any that are around in the day especially if they are lethargic, squeaking or attracting
flies need to be rescued. If you just find a single hoglet look for more as there can be
4-5 in a litter. Keep them warm on a covered hot water bottle and put a piece of towel
over them to keep them warm.Then Please Ring us.If in doubt give us a shout.

Written by Kay Bullen and forwarded by BHPS