Rescue & Rehabilitation

The Festival Park Owl Sanctuary receives on a regular basis a wide range of injured, orphaned and unwanted birds of a variety of species. We receive these from local vets, police and the general public. The general public plays an important part when it comes to the rescue and rehabilitation of our local wildlife by reporting them to us and bringing them in to us.

If need be the injured bird will be checked by Mark Evans who is an avian vet, based in Cardiff, to see if any special care is needed. The birds we receive will be kept if necessary until they are fit for release back into the wild. On the other hand, we cannot release all received birds as their injuries may be too severer which may lead to being kept in captivity, or if the bird is suffering will then have to be put down by a vet.

What to do if you find an injured Birds Of Prey

What to do if you find an injured Owl or other Bird of Prey
Remember The Following:
Minimising stress is the prerequisite of effective first aid - more birds are killed by shock than their injuries! So, Whatever you do, swift action is a prime necessity as any delay increases stress.

If you are actually able to approach and pick up an injured wild Owl or Bird of Prey, it is likely that it is in a very poor state indeed, and will further be traumatised by being handled!

Never attempt to examine any injured bird yourself as this is also very stressful and requires a trained rehabilitator or vet to do correctly!

Recognised practice for dealing with an injured bird is that you:

  1. Gently throw a jumper or blanket over the injured bird to keep it warm.
  2. Put the bird into a well ventilated, darkened cardboard box - not so small that the bird will sustain further damage, but not so large that it can jump around inside. Avoid handling the bird with bare hands as it may cause injury, always wear gloves where possible. The box should preferably be lined on the bottom with another tower or, if not available, newspaper. Never use straw or sawdust and do not place water in the box.
  3. Do not try to feed the bird. Get the bird to us or your nearest bird of prey centre.
  4. Remember that bird of prey centre (including us) are there to deal with birds of prey. Its always best for an organisation to rehabilitate raptors, not yourself.
  5. Always wash your hands if you have touched the bird.