Over 1,000 wild animals being cared for at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre

The Scottish SPCA has reported they are currently caring for over 1,000 wild animals as they kick off their annual Wildlife Week (2-8 July) aimed at celebrating their work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife in Scotland.

July 2018After a record breaking year caring for wild animals at our purpose built wildlife rescue centre in Fishcross during 2017, we are busier than ever.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “We cared for a record 9,645 wildlife casualties in 2017 at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre and 2018 is proving to be just as busy.

“Already this year we’re seeing huge numbers of wildlife casualties coming into our care and we are currently caring for a range of wild animals including fledgling birds, ravens, pheasants, ducklings and gulls, hedgehogs and hoglets, rabbits and seals.

“It’s a huge privilege for our dedicated team to be able to rehabilitate a range of animals who might otherwise suffer and die without our help.

“Our National Wildlife Rescue Centre has become one of the largest and busiest centres in the UK with new rehabilitation techniques and diets being developed on site and adopted by other centres. We’ve provided advice to a number of centres throughout the UK and even consulted on wildlife being cared for abroad.”

Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell said, “These figures show a growing demand for the vital services of the Scottish SPCA and highlight the range of different species that we’re lucky to have right on our doorstep here in Scotland.

“The team at the centre work round the clock to rehabilitate and release wild animals across Scotland and we’re incredibly lucky to have such passionate and dedicated staff.

“To see wild animals flourish in our care and be able to release them back into the wild where they belong is truly incredible.
“Wildlife Week is the perfect opportunity to share our amazing rescue stories and this year we have an extra special opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts. As part of our #WildlifeWeek18 celebrations we will be auctioning off an opportunity for one lucky individual to become a ‘wildlife care assistant’ for the day.
“We absolutely love what we are able to do here at our wildlife rescue centre and we can’t wait to share this very special behind the scenes experience with the winner.”

Find out more about the work we do and our Wildlife Care Assistant auction by following #WildlifeWeek18 on social media.

Bird rescued by the Scottish SPCA being fed

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