Registered Charity No.1146448
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A CLOSED SANCTURY AND ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO TAKE NEW BIRDS.
IF YOU HAVE FOUND A BIRD IN NEED WE WOULD ADVISE YOU TO CONTACT ANOTHER RESCUE CENTRE.
Following our notice at the end of Summer 2016, we closed for the winter period and returned to closed sanctuary status, with a view to seeing if it would be possible to re-open this spring.
After much consideration, the trustees have with a heavy heart decided that Wing and a Prayer, Wild Bird and Owl Haven will remain as a closed sanctuary.
This is not a decision we made lightly. In order to carry out our rehabilitation and hand-rearing of wild birds we need a trained nursing team available seven days a week from morning to night. We have been lucky enough in the past to have some fantastic volunteer nurses who have given their time to the birds in this way. They have given five days a week each from dawn to dusk and worked so very hard. Being a volunteer nurse is in no means an easy feat, they have treated their duties the same as they would a job and undergone extensive training to give the birds the intensive care they need. Without our nurses, we would not have been able to carry on last year.
We were proud to see our nurses venture off on their own journeys in 2016 and as you are aware we took the winter to consider whether we could find a way forward from there.
We have had much feedback from volunteers and supporters as to ways we could carry on, but unfortunately there have been no long term solutions.
The nature of volunteers means that their time is not guaranteed or permanent, however we cannot take birds in without knowing trained volunteers will always be available. As animal rehabilitators we cannot and will not take this risk.
To find a full time volunteer nurses is difficult enough and a massive ask of someone, and we do not have the funds to pay for them. Add to this that we need at least three nurses to share the work load, cover shifts and be competently trained by spring and it becomes near impossible.
The final factor that made our decision was that we also do not have anyone available to train the nurses. The people in the past that would have carried out this task have either moved on, are suffering poor health, or even if able to train would not be able to supervise the new nurses due to their own commitments. Without having a supervisory nurse, we would again not be comfortable re-opening.
We know that a lot of you will wish there were ways to help us. Many of you came to us with birds that needed help and although we are no longer taking new birds in, many of those birds still live here either in permanent aviaries or in the gardens and require caring for, feeding and providing a good home to for the rest of their lives. The trustees are more than willing to undertake the workload themselves, however food costs and general running costs will always be something we need help with.
We cannot thank you enough for your support over the years and have enjoyed meeting so many of you and helping thousands of our feathered friends. If you are still able to continue your support and help the remaining birds it would be greatly appreciated as we are still an active and working charity, the only difference is that we are now a sanctuary.