Charity in appeal for outdoor space

A cygnet swan rescued by Blyth Wildlife Rescue. Picture by John Anderson.
A cygnet swan rescued by Blyth Wildlife Rescue. Picture by John Anderson.

An animal rescue charity forced to suspend its activities last year after becoming the target of vandals is looking for support to secure its future.

Blyth Wildlife Rescue normally deals with hundreds of animal rescues every year but was forced to close last year after repeated vandalism attacks at its main aviary site.

Now bosses are issuing an urgent appeal to find new secure sites to build outdoor enclosures.

Charity founder John Anderson, who was awarded a British Citizens Award last year for his work with the charity, said: “Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to secure new outdoor space for housing our patients during their journey back into the wild.

“Such outdoor buildings are critical to ensure the animals get the best care and are fit for release.

“Dealing with all wild animal species places a heavy demand on our limited resources – dealing with such a wide variety of birds at any one time requires a lot of outdoor space.”

Volunteers are concerned that the busier periods through spring and summer, plus the lack of outdoor space, will have an effect on the charity’s operations.

Smaller aviary setups have been created in back gardens, but the charity urgently need people to offer space to accommodate more outdoor buildings.

A GoFundMe fundraising page for the charity has been set up, aimed at raising £1,000 per month to cover running costs throughout the year.

Anyone able to help or support Blyth Wildlife Rescue’s new appeal or to make a donation should visit their website at www.b-w-r.org.uk or call 07910 643 122.

Donations to the charity can also be made by texting WILD16 followed by £2/£5/£10 to 70070.