🦆Hiccup and Robin 🦆are all grown up now and have started leaving the duck yard for several hours at a time some days to have a fly around. It'll not be long until the leave us for pastures new entirely. Before winter arrives, the ducklings will shed their ducking feathers and grow new feathers that will resemble the feathers of their respective adult genders.💙🦆💛
When looking after Wildlife we believe it important that the animals get to interact with those of their own kind. They can copy eachothers behaviours and keep eachother company. It also help with keeping them 'wild' and means they can be released together. Going into the big wide world with a friend is much less daunting.🧡💙💛
Look at those fabulous ears! 🐰 Boxed up ready for their health check at Staveley Vets earlier today...these babies are now 6 weeks old and be looking for homes soon. For adoption enquiries please call us on 01246 455777.💛💙🧡 ... See MoreSee Less
🦉Science and Hooter🦉 weren't quite strong enough to be released with Lock, E.T, Snowy and Paul. We are very short of space at the Sanctuary though at the moment with more animals coming in everyday needing veterinary care. These two beauties now just need a quite place to continue feeding and build strength so have been moved to an experienced foster home until they are ready.🧡💙💛
Cally the baby gull enjoying her lunch earlier today🐟. Found alone on a yard on Callywhite Lane in Dronfield she has been with us several days now. Cally needed her food cutting up to start with but is slowly getting more independent.🦤🐟
A small selection of nestlings and injured fledglings that have been brought into us over the last month. These garden birds have progressively moved from a little nestbox, where we can keep them warm, hand feed and tend to any injuries, to eventually this enclosure where they can learn to use their wings and are start to feed themselves. From here they may be released or if not quite ready they will be moved to one of our larger outdoor aviaries. It takes us around 5 weeks to get a nestling ready for release day. It will vary slightly depending on the species but on average they are hand fed every hour for several weeks. Once they start to become more independent we encourage self feeding and eventually searching for live foods (thank you for your donations), seeds and bits of fruit that we hide in soil or bark and in little hidey holes around the enclosure in a bid to prepare them for the big wide world. They must also be able to interact with their own kind.
Please note:This aviary was moved to this location for filming purposes and was under supervision. These birds need shelter from the elements and also from predators such a magpies. ... See MoreSee Less
🐇Sylvia and her friends are growing up fast.🐇 We have 8 young wild rabbits in our care at the moment that have all come to us at just a few days old. They have been hand-reared on milk and now moved onto solid foods which means they are growing more independent. Release day won't be far away. The process from arriving at the centre to leaving us will have taking just over a month and a huge amount of time and resources but we wouldn't have it any other way.