|Raptor Rescue is an organisation dedicated to ensuring that all sick or
injured birds of prey are cared for by qualified persons and that whenever possible they
are released back into the wild.
Originally founded by a group of falconers in the North
West of England, Raptor Rescue is a national charity with an established reputation in the
worlds of wildlife rehabilitation and falconry.
The organisation has a national network of rehabilitators and other experienced carers,
who take on this time-consuming work, but a great deal of resources are still required to
pay for housing, feeding, veterinary help and transportation.
Our main sources of revenue are public donations, fees from lectures and, of course,
membership subscriptions. By becoming a member of Raptor Rescue you will be helping us to
combat any decline in the wild populations of these magnificent birds.
Founded in 1978 to help provide the specialist care required by sick and injured birds of
prey, the Charity treats hundreds of birds each year. The Trustees have long made it a
priority to promote high standards of care and responsibility throughout the organisation.
Financial assistance is always welcome from any source to assist with all aspects of
the Charitys work. We publish regular Newsletters as well as conducting an Annual
Survey amongst our rehabilitators - helping us gain vital information about the casualties
encountered throughout the year and enabling us to reflect on the status of raptor species
in the U.K.
The main aims of our organisation may be summarised as follows:
- To rehabilitate raptors as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- To ensure that all raptor casualties are handled by competent persons.
- To correctly diagnose and treat any ailment, seeking veterinary advice if necessary.
- To provide adequate and suitable housing during their confinement.
- To protect the interests of wild raptors; from shooting, trapping,
poisoning, removal from the nest etc.
- To comment, as a body, on any impending government legislation
- To collate and store relevant information for future reference.
For help and advice on all aspects of dealing with wild, injured birds of prey,
contact Raptor Rescue on our National Number:
National Help and Advice Line 0870 241 0609
PLEASE NOTE: An answerphone operates outside of normal hours,
but this is not a 24 hour emergency service.
All calls are charged at the National Rate.
Launched in the autumn of 1999, the aim of this telephone helpline is to provide
guidance to anyone who finds an injured bird of prey.
Once relevant details have been provided, callers can be given basic instructions on how
to care for casualties temporarily, whilst efforts are made to contact local
rehabilitators or experienced individuals on our database who can collect the bird and
transport it safely to specialised care facilities.
Where this is not possible, the Charity is often able to provide contacts for veterinary
surgeons or other local help.
We are constantly looking for experienced individuals or organisations in all parts of
the country, who could help out in an emergency by collecting an injured bird or by
providing temporary accommodation for a casualty.
Code of Practice for Rehabilitators with Raptor Rescue approved status is available.