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Bird / animal rehabilitation
PLEASE NOTE: The quality of care given to injured birds will vary tremendously between rehabilitators. Please bear in mind that the rehabilitator you contact as a result of using these links is not part of the Barn Owl Trust and cannot be unreservedly recommended.
British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Across the UK there are people who care for injured wild animals and birds. The British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (BWRC) is a voluntary body that acts as their umbrella organisation. In 2000 we gave a presentation on Barn Owl release methods at the BWRC's annual symposium at London Zoo.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) website (www.rcvs.org.uk) has a search facility where you can enter your postcode and get an extensive list of vets in your area. Clicking on one gives you the details of what they treat and their phone number. The site also has an advanced search facility that enables you to search for wild bird specialists. Non-internet users can telephone the RCVS on 020 7222 2001 to obtain the same information.
Raptor Rescue provides direct assistance to the public who may find an injured or sick Bird of Prey through: Raptor Rescue National Help and Advice Line on: 0870 241 0609
Once relevant details have been provided, callers will be given basic instructions on how to care for the casualty temporarily, whilst efforts are made to contact local rehabilitators or experienced individuals from the Raptor Rescue database who can then collect the bird and transport it safely to specialised care facilities.
Cotswold Owl Rescue Trust
This web site is designed specifically for those who have found or have been given an injured, sick or orphaned owl. However be careful because the information on ‘what to do if you find an orphaned owlet' should only be used if you have a young tawny owl - it's not the right advice for young barn owls.
HelpWildlife.co.uk is maintained by a very small team of people involved in British wildlife rehabilitation. The site, founded in 2005, offers advice to members of the public on when to help apparently sick or orphaned wildlife and lists details of around 400 organisations in the UK which can offer assistance to wildlife in need.
UK Animal welfare directory. To find your nearest contact use the headings on the left hand side of Animal Rescuers website and select the animal you are trying to find information on. Has a list of Owl rescuers.
Rescue, Re-homing & Rehabilitation in the UK
The co-ordinating organisation for European bird-ringing schemes.
It aims to promote and encourage:
-Scientific and administrative co-operation between national ringing schemes
-Development and maintenance of high standards in bird ringing
-Scientific studies of birds, in particular those based on marked individuals
-The use of data from bird ringing for the management and conservation of birds
UK Safari Wildlife Hospital Directory
Wildlife rehabilitator directory
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is primarily involved in owl rehabilitation but also offers advice and runs a local nestbox project.
The Raptor Foundation
The Raptor Foundation is a team providing a rescue service, 24-hour care and rehabilitation facilities for injured raptors. They provide a permanent, caring environment for raptors unable to return to the wild. They are committed to increasing rare species, and sharing knowledge and information on the medical treatment and rehabilitation of raptors.
Hawk Conservancy Trust
A UK registered charity focussing on conservation, research and rehabilitation. The Hawk Conservancy Trust also operates one of the oldest owl visitor centres in the UK - opened in 1966. For anyone who wishes to spend a day looking at captive owls and birds of prey their visitor centre on the A303 at Andover is highly recommended.
Independent Bird Register
Helping reunite lost or stolen birds with their owners
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is a registered UK Charity (number 326885) dedicated to helping & protecting hedgehogs native to the UK (Erinaceus europaeus).
Chrissie's Owls are a small group of people committed to the care and conservation of Owls. They attend large country shows all over the country and also go to fetes and other events. They give talks to groups and organisations and visit nursing homes and hospitals. They give educational talks to schools and can provide an educational pack to be used in conjunction with their visit. They run Owl Evenings, Owl Experiences, Owl Walks and they do home visits for people who are housebound or ill. For anyone seriously thinking of owning an Owl they do an Owl Care Course. They can provide trained owls for film work, photography and also for artists.
Chrissies's Owls also provide a rescue service for injured wild owls and also captive bred owls that for one reason or another need caring for and re-homing. They are committed to the conservation of these wonderful creatures and provide nest boxes for Barn, Tawny, Little Owl and Kestrel. They are happy to give advice to anyone who wants to help our native owl species.