Latest News We now have a YouTube channel with a number of new videos taken by Elfrieda Waren. Look on our Photos/Video Page. ******************************* Talk  entitled “Birds of Prey and Owls” by Graham Bell at Spittal on Friday 19th May 2017. Click here to see poster with full details. ******************************* "Swan Notes" News items written by Trust members and volunteers and usually appearing in the “Berwick Advertiser" newspaper each  week. Unfortunately, sister newspaper the “Berwickshire News” are no longer following suit. For those unable to read these items, and  those living outside the Berwick area, here are the last few editions.. 27th April 2017 Love is all around, as the song goes, and certainly if the pair of gulls cosying up together on the parapets of the New Bridge as I was  driving across last week are anything to go by, we’ll soon be seeing baby birds at the trust who for one reason or another need a helping hand to get the right start in life.  But do they all really need to be rescued? With their fluffy feathers and helpless  expressions, it can be very tempting to think they need saving if they’re sitting all  alone on the ground. But before you decide to remove it from its resting place,  remember it may actually be fine just where it is.  The RSPCA has posted a timely reminder on social media about how to tell when  young birds need help. More than a thousand ‘orphaned’ fledglings are brought  into RSPCA centres every year at this time by well-meaning people (and the Swan  Trust gets them too), thinking the chicks need help – but in fact they aren’t  orphaned at all and would be much better brought up by their parents in the wild. Some young, of course, really are in distress, and the RSPCA have very helpfully  outlined a simple way of identifying when to rescue and when not to intervene.  Basically, if they have all their feathers and look like cute little fluffballs, but  aren’t obviously injured, please just leave them well alone; the baby bird will be a  fledgling and will have left the nest just before it can fly, so will most likely be  sitting still on the ground waiting to be fed. Their parents will know exactly where  their offspring is and will just be off finding tasty morsels to fill that ever-open  beak. It’s when you see baby birds with very few or no feathers, perhaps even still  showing shiny pink skin, that you know they are nestlings and need urgent help  as they won’t survive long out of the nest. The RSPCA advises that if it’s safe to  do so, and wearing suitable gloves, you need to put the nestling into a secure  ventilated cardboard box lined with a towel or newspaper and take it to your nearest wildlife rescue centre as soon as possible. Please  don’t try to care for young birds yourself, as they need specialist help to give them the very best chance of surviving.   For further information, download the RSPCA’s pdf leaflet ‘Living with Nesting Birds’ by going to  Still on the subject of birds, there’s a fantastic opportunity to hear well-known local ornithologist Graham Bell present his talk ‘Birds of  Prey and Owls’ on Friday 19 May at the Berwick United Reformed Church, Main Street, Spittal. Graham has kindly agreed to give a boost  to the trust’s 25th anniversary ‘quiet room’ appeal with his talk, which begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 to include light refreshments,  and are available online at or by calling 01750 725480.   Elfrieda Waren 19th April 2017 Firstly I must thank everyone that helped out with our Easter Fair on Saturday last. Thanks to all who did baking or made items for sale.  We are very lucky to have so many supporters who came along to spend their money. So with a big thank you to all as we raised  £645.28p I must also thank the Co-op for supporting our charity in the last 6 months by  donating a percentage of their sales to three charities, one being us. We received £1,268.00. which will help us complete the work on our big room refurbishment.  This sum covers the cost of a new eco-friendly washing machine and tumble  dryer with plenty left for wood and plasterboard. Norham W.I. also raised money for us by doing a soup and sandwich lunch  sending us a cheque for £127.00. We used this money to buy a half glazed door  with the fittings for our new quiet room for badgers, foxes and birds of prey.  We also owe thanks to Ali Scott who asked her friends to make donations of cash for her 50th. Birthday. She was kind enough to call in to the Rollo Centre and  bring a donation of £60.00 We are going to have a very busy week at the Centre as Jim and Bill are going to  start things moving with the Quiet Room. They will be installing the new sink and  table before clearing the room ready to start building up the new dividing walls.  Meanwhile we have still been caring for hedgehogs. Several very small ones have been brought in that had woken up from hibernation but were too small to  survive. A couple were so far gone that their organs had begun to close down  and then even if they are given food they cannot cope. Others have managed to  beat the odds at 350 grams a little good food and warmth and they grow like  mushrooms. We have been sending hogs out on a daily basis the last two weeks. Like musical chairs they go from warm room to cooler  then out into Hotchi Mews to get used to the 'real world' temperature before they go. We have three poorly ones inside and another two  ready to go outside. Currently there are another 11 outside in various stages of 'hardening off' We like to give them a week outside  before release. We also have the 'three amigos' last years hatched crows. They are great friends but not one can fly and all have no tail feathers yet.  They have another couple of months to moult out last years feathers and grow the required feathers so they can fly and be released.  They have been very messy birds over the winter and we shall be pleased to see them away. One more item to cover which is a talk to be given by Graham Bell with the title of Birds of Prey and Owls. This will take place at The  United Reform Church, Spittal on 19th. May 2017 starting at 7.30 p.m.  Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments, and are  available from www. beboxoffice. Or will be available at the door. Pat Goff 13th April 2017 I’m not normally one for this kind of thing, but this year I’ve decided to enter into the spirit of the trust’s Easter Fair, which takes place  this Saturday (15th April) from 11am until 2pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Golden Square.  So I’ve decided my theme for my entry in the ‘Best Decorated Hard-boiled Egg’  competition, and although my design is still highly confidential, I can confirm my  egg entry is going to represent a global political figure currently in the news. I  should be able to get that orange face by boiling the eggs with onion skins, and  maybe a small hank of sheep wool might do for the blond quiff.  I’m less sure of what to do for the ‘Decorated Easter Bonnet’ competition, but  I’m thinking of putting it together at the last minute using daffodils and primulas  from the garden if they’re still in reasonable shape. By the time of the Easter  Bonnet Parade at 1pm on Saturday, my daffs might have wilted a bit and my  bonnet could be a ‘flop’ in more ways than one.   Along with the fun competitions and prizes for children and adults, there will be  lots of stalls, including tombola and bric-a-brac, and some delicious home-baked  cakes and biscuits, along with teas and coffees. I will be selling some bonny fused glass suncatchers and garden plant markers,  exclusively to the Easter Fair event, plus some small dishes and one beautiful  seagull perched on driftwood, which was modelled on an actual gull that I  photographed in Morrisons car park. This time of year in particular gulls are not  popular with everyone, but at least the fused glass gull won’t make any noise.  All the proceeds from the glass items sold on the day will go to the trust.  The young rabbit that is ‘the face’ of our Easter Fair social media advert has now  been released, much to the relief of everyone who had to look after him, as he was the squirmiest, fastest animal I’ve yet encountered. I  had the job of weighing him and had to first catch him and put him in a cotton drawstring bag. He was constantly on the lookout for a  chance to escape, and could suddenly dart and lunge without any warning. Hopefully that skill will serve him well in the wild and he’ll  survive to a ripe old age.  The Easter Fair is an important way for the trust to keep in touch with its supporters and – crucially - help raise money to ensure the  charity continues its work. Recently I’ve become involved in a very small way in the fundraising effort, and have been overwhelmed by  the enthusiastic and generous support of the local businesses such as Northern Edge Coffee, Berwick’s own coffee roastery based in  Spittal. They have donated half a dozen bags of different blends of their ground coffee as prizes in the tombola. I’m looking forward to  the Easter Fair; I think we’ll have a cracking time.  Elfrieda Waren