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Woody the Great Spotted Woodpecker released back to the wild by the GSPCA

Woody the Great Spotted Woodpecker released back to the wild by the GSPCA

Friday 17 June 2022

Woody the Great Spotted Woodpecker released back to the wild by the GSPCA

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On Sunday the GSPCA had a poorly Great Spotted Woodpecker brought in.

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said “On Sunday we had a Great Sotted Woodppecker that has been called Woody.”

“Woody was found on a patio and it is likely he flew into a window which caused a concussion of some sort.”

“Not all the wildlife need weeks or months of care and after 2 days of rehab we decided today was a good day to release him back to the wild where he was found in Torteval.”

Neil Hughes GSPCA team member and ambulance driver said “I had the wonderful opportunity to return Woody the woodpecker back to the wild today.”

“He was found in Torteval so we released him very close to where he was rescued.”

“Most rescues the birds fly off but Woody decided to bounce off to the nearest tree, bounced up and before disappearing gave me a quick look then disappeared into a nearby bird box.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “We never know what we will see next come into our care and this week it was a Great Spotted Woodpecker.”

“We rarely see woodpeckers at the GSPCA although we do hear them in the trees around the Shelter in St Andrews.”

“Thanks to Neil who videoed the release in Torteval which we have popped on our youtube page https://www.youtube.com/shorts/BjBTHvypyls .”

“There are many ways you can help support our vital 24/7 work and donate or raise funds for the hundreds of animals in our care.”

“With over 65 hedgehogs, 4 seal pups, dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, fish, reptiles and many birds we help over 3000 animals through the doors every year.”

“If you would like to support our Amazon Wish List and see lists of items that we use every day and things that we are appealing for.” “If would like to help with wish list items you can call us on 01481 25721 or email admin@gspca.org.gg or the easy way to see many items we are in need is by going to our Amazon Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/25MJPPDAGXHL1?type=WishList .”

“We do promote buying items locally but shopping online can help raise funds at the same time as if you select the GSPCA through easy fund raising part of the amount through 1000’s of online retailers comes back to the GSPCA and it has raised over £2500.”

“To sign up to do this please visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/guernseyspca/?u=1CHID8 .”

“Sadly Amazon Smile doesn’t allow Guernsey charities to sign up but you can go through easy fundraising to achieve the same donation.”

“As mentioned you can always choose to donate via local stores and the Amazon Wish List is a shop front showing some of the items we need but there are many others and we have published these on our Wish List page http://www.gspca.org.gg/about/our-plans-wish-list .”

“A gift of a tiny bowl costing less than a £1 to a £600 intensive care unit, every donation is hugely appreciated and really makes the team smile that there are those that care and want to support our work.”

“Another amazing way to support our work is by just a couple of pounds each month can make a massive difference in helping the animals in our care and to find out more please go to http://www.gspca.org.gg/sites/default/files/Angel%20sponsor%20form%20special%202018%20new.pdf .”

“To make a donation you can go to https://giving.gg/donate/charity/2/Guernsey-Society-for-the-Prevention-of-Cruelty-to-Animals-(GSPCA) .”

“Something for your diaries in 2023 we are running a Puffin Parade and to sponsor a 4-foot puffin with the GSPCA and Autism Guernsey go to - http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/2023-autism-guernsey-and-gspca-will-bring-puffin-parade-guernsey-%E2%80%93-could-you-sponsor-and-paint-

“We couldn’t do so much without your support.”


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