Update - Frank the Guillemot has his first day on the rehabilitation pond

Submitted by Steve on 18:16, 3rd Feb, 2015 | 0

Just over two weeks ago you may remember 'Frank' an oiled sea bird arrived at the GSPCA.

Frank was found near the Fairy Rink in Pleinmont covered in oil on January 15th.

After a period in an intensive care unit, a number of bathes to remove the oil and treatment he has been recovering well.

Today with his feather condition recovering he had his first dip out on the pool at the GSPCA, which despite the cold he seemed to thoroughly enjoy.


Steven Seagull is on the mend and is now a Stephanie Seagull

Submitted by Steve on 12:57, 22nd Jan, 2015 | 0

Just under two weeks ago an injured Herring Gull arrived early one evening having been found with a white material wrapped around the birds legs.

The bird had been rescued from Mont Cuet and was very weak on entry and extremely hungry.

As the finder didn't know what to call the bird we placed a picture on our facebook and after many great names the next morning having made it through his first night we decided on the name 'Steven Seagull'.


Watch out for oiled birds on our coast - Frank the first oiled Guillemot of 2015

Submitted by Steve on 17:54, 16th Jan, 2015 | 0

With all of the rough weather the first oiled sea bird arrived at the GSPCA yesterday.

Last year tens of thousands of sea birds were oiled and killed due to the sustained bad weather.

Thankfully a number of the birds last winter were rescued and successfully rehabilitated and released back to the wild thanks to the team at the GSPCA.

Frank as the guillemot has been named was found near the Fairy Rink in Pleinmont.

He has survived his first night and is currently in an intensive care unit and although quite weak the team are hopeful.


Blue the Gannet released back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 16:30, 5th Dec, 2014 | 0

On the 15th October a young gannet was rescued from Grande Rocques that was extremely weak and very ill.

The bird had to be kept under a heat lamp and was placed on a series of treatments and medications.

Also the poor gannet found it extremely difficult to digest food, and required feeding assistance.

The bird was named 'Blue' and after 3 weeks of intensive care and a period of rehabilitation on the GSPCA pool's the gannet was fit enough to release last week.

Sadly the weather wasn't ideal so staff waited until Saturday 29th November.


Harry the cormorant back in the sea around Guernsey

Submitted by Steve on 16:21, 13th Nov, 2014 | 0

Yesterday Harry the cormorant was set free back to the wild.

Harry was found unable to fly on the weekend by a member of public at Route De La Marette.

Annie Janes Animal Care Assistant and Collection Officer went out to rescue him and bring him back to the Shelter where he has been cared for by the team in St Andrews.


Gannet rescue from Jaonnaise Bay

Submitted by Steve on 14:31, 10th Oct, 2014 | 0

Yesterday the GSPCA were called out to an injured gannet at Jaonnaise Bay.

Animal Collection Officer Geoff George attended the site where he had a fair walk to find the trapped bird.

As the sun was setting during early evening Geoff found the poor bird trapped in discarded fishing netting.

It was difficult to say how long the bird had been there so he quickly restrained the bird got it back to the van and brought the bird back to the Shelter in St Andrews.

The bird has survived over night and staff are currently monitoring its progress.


Only days after the GSPCA warn about fishing waste, another bird dies due to a fish hook

Submitted by Steve on 20:02, 22nd Jul, 2014 | 0

Last week at the GSPCA we issued a warning on waste and rubbish injuring animals, especially those at sea.

On Sunday the GSPCA were called out to an injured gannet at Port Soif.

Emma Trousdale from the GSPCA responded in the ambulance to rescue a gannet that had a fish hook through her eye.

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said "We rescue and help animals 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but the gannet rescued on Sunday must have been in a great deal of pain and it is hard to say how long the fish hook had been through the eye."


6 weeks of intensive care at the GSPCA help save John the female Gannet

Submitted by Steve on 11:53, 2nd Apr, 2014 | 0

On Monday after 6 weeks of intensive care a gannet that was rescued by Animal Collection Officer Geoff George covered in oil and very sick was released back to the wild.

John as he was named, was rescued from St Peter Port harbour and was in such bad condition on entry that without the expertise and care of the Shelter team he would certainly have died in the wild.

The GSPCA has had one of the busiest starts to any year with the wild weather which killed thousands of seabirds and injured many more.


Sid the Cormorant back where he belongs

Submitted by Steve on 11:32, 26th Mar, 2014 | 0

On Saturday a cormorant was rescued in Talbot Valley which isn't the usual place to see these fantastic birds.

Although a little thin and weak Sid as he has been named only required a few days rest.

With the weather just right and a belly full of fish, Sid was released back to the wild yesterday by Animal Collection Officer Geoff George.

Geoff George ACO said 'Sid certainly didn't waste any time getting back to the wild.'

'We released him below Castle Cornet and he really couldn't wait to get back to where he belongs.'


Guillemots take no time to get back to the wild in Guernsey thanks to the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 16:14, 19th Mar, 2014 | 0

Despite thousands of seabirds dying over the last 2 months the GSPCA can report on some good news that another 9 guillemots were successfully returned back to the wild last week.