CWWR Newsletter – February 2021
It’s been a busy time at the rescue this month with lots of animals needing our help and we had a very successful auction online which raised some much needed funds for the rescue.
With the warmer weather upon us and Spring nearly here, we will be expecting an increase in baby animals and birds. Look out for information on the website soon about the baby season and how to make your garden hedgehog friendly. They really do need our help!
The Valentines Auction was a massive success. We managed to raise over £2500 for the rescue! Thank you to all the companies and individuals who donated items and thank you to everyone who took part and bid very generous amounts for each lot. We hope all the winners enjoyed their prizes! A special thank you to Laura Smart and the Fundraising team for all their hard work in making this first auction a success.
We have been able to list CW Wildlife Rescue as a charity on Amazon Smile. If you would like Amazon to donate to the rescue every time you make a purchase on Amazon, sign up to Amazon Smile and select us as your charity! It doesn’t cost you anymore on your purchase but will be helping the rescue every time you shop 🙂
As usual, we have been receiving some generous donations of food, newspapers, blankets and towels. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have dropped off or posted these essential items to us 🙂 If you would like to purchase something for us, we have an Amazon Wish list or to donate a one off amount or set up a regular payment, please go to our Donate page.
Mother’s Day – Sunday 14 March
Why not give the gift of Sponsorship if she likes animals and wildlife! Choose from a range of animals and enclosures. This gift includes a Stocker hedgehog keyring, fact file of your chosen animal, a certificate and a subscription to our bi-monthly e-magazine. Go to our Sponsor an animal page to find out more.
Rescue and Releases
Great Crested Grebe saved from the icy Aquadrome
A wonderful story reached the press this month involving the rescue, where a hero lady rescued a Great Crested Grebe stuck in the ice at the Rickmansworth Aquadrome. She waded into the frozen lake breaking through the ice as she went and managed to save the stricken bird. The grebe was taken to the rescue and placed in our incubator and has shown a massive improvement. She will hopefully be ready to be released soon after she has fully recovered.
Badger rescue from Harefield
A beautiful badger was rescued and brought in after it was found in an alleyway in Harefield. It had got shut inside an enclosed area and the lady who found it called us for assistance. We kept him for a few days to check he was ok and are pleased to say that he was released back to where he was found to join his clan. You can see the badger release on our YouTube channel.
Buzzard saved from M25
A magnificent Buzzard was found wandering along the hard shoulder of the M25. CW Wildlife was able to rescue this beautiful bird and it was found to have suffered a head trauma and has some foot/leg damage. It is eating very well at the rescue and is feisty. However, due to the lack of exercise and eating well it has put on weight and needs to exercise before being ready for release! We have purchased a new aviary funded by Richard, our chairman, where the buzzard will be able to exercise and lose a few pounds before release.
Swans rescued from Uxbridge
We were called to a park in Uxbridge where a cygnet got itself separated from its parents and was trapped behind a railing. Chris went with our junior volunteer Alex and released the swan. Just as they arrived back to the rescue, they had another call to go and rescue another adult swan stuck in the same place! Both were rescued successfully.
Improvements to the Rescue centre
Our Chairman Richard purchased some new flooring for the Feeding unit at the rescue. This was much needed and very welcome by all the volunteers to improve this facility. Thank you to Richard and a special thanks to John & Jemima who laid this new flooring in sub zero temperatures!
We were very surprised to see that some baby pigeons have been born on the farm in the aviary. They are doing very well and one of them is already flying but the second one has not been as brave yet. Won’t be long before they are flying the nest and around the farm.
Photo competition – Garden birds
As part of the Big Garden Birdwatch that the RSPB did over 3 days in January, we ran a photo competition to see what birds you saw in your garden during this time and the whole of February. We’ve had some lovely entries! It will be difficult to choose a winner. This competition closed on 28 February and we will be announcing the winner shortly. The winner will receive a year’s subscription to the CW Wildlife e-magazine. Good Luck!
Bird Feeder competition for CW Juniors
For our younger wildlife enthusiasts, we ran a competition for our CWWR Juniors facebook page to make a bird feeder and send in pictures of your creations. This competition also closes on 28 February and the winner will be announced shortly. The winner will receive a CWWR hedgehog keyring. Good Luck!
We have launched our CW Wildlife Rescue Juniors page on Instagram and Facebook. We also have a page dedicated to the Juniors on the website. Watch out for Fact Fridays and other fun activities to do. We have a Wildlife Spotters guide you can download on the website. Now the weather has improved from the winter spell we had, why not go for a walk and enjoy the great outdoors and go looking for nature! Tell us what you find and send pics to email@example.com
CWWR Magazine – Valentines edition
Love was in the air in for this edition of our e-magazine. Our resident Barn owl Willow and friends got involved in the romance and enjoyed their photoshoot. 16 pages packed with news, interesting facts about wildlife and as usual some fun activities in our Kidzone section. This magazine is published bi-monthly and available for £12 per year. Please go to our CWWR store if you would like purchase this magazine. All funds go directly to the rescue to help look after the animals.
Chris & the CW Wildlife Rescue team xx