Latest News We now have a YouTube channel with a number of new videos taken by Elfrieda Waren. Look on our Photos/Video Page. ******************************* "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.. 23rd March 2017 This week I can tell you about our plans to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.   We thought about upgrading the recovery room, but this project is going to  be very expensive, so we thought we would do something with the big  room instead.  This room has always been kept as a space in case we had  a dozen or so swans in that had been oiled. As time has gone on we have  only had the odd swan with oil contamination, although a few years ago we did have 60 or so Guillemots and other small sea birds that were heavily  oiled. When we discussed the fact that the room was not being used as  well as it could be we decided to make changes to the room as part of our  25th Anniversary celebrations. At the moment if we have badgers or foxes in we have to use the cages  that are in the open in the big room.  What we are planning is to  make a  quiet room within the big room so that larger mammals and birds of prey  that need seclusion can be kept away from the constant disturbance from  volunteers working and visitors coming and going. We already have the  cages and the quiet room will incorporate these. We plan to have a much  larger washing machine so that all the daily laundry can be done in one  load,  together with a new tumble drier. Our present sinks are reaching the  end of their useful lives so we plan to have a stainless steel unit with  stainless tables for the animals food preparation. This will mean we can  close up part of the open drain in the room. With plenty of shelves we can  make the room much tidier. The photo shows the big room in a bit of a  mess during sorting out. The tank which can be used for water birds will be enclosed so that it can also be used as a large indoor aviary with storage above. A few cans of paint for the walls and the floor will complete the transformation.  The whole cost for this should be less than £5,000. We are lucky enough to have a team of fund raisers who have lots of great ideas to  raise the money for this project without dipping into the main funds. If you would like to help us in any way please ring Trust H.Q. and  we would be pleased to hear from you. We shall be adding some of the equipment we need on our wish list at Amazon and would be  delighted if anyone can help with any of these items. We are hoping to open the new big room changes at our A.G.M. later this year. Pat Goff 16th March 2017 It must be terrifying to a wild animal when it’s brought into the Rollo Centre for treatment, recovery, food and rest; they are pitched into  a totally alien indoor setting, in the restricted space of a cage or aviary, with humans much closer to them than they feel comfortable  with. After a lifetime of endless open skies or rambling woodland forays under cover of darkness, we can’t really imagine an animal’s  distress at the glaring lights and loud noises of the trust’s recovery room.   Of course, some species respond more positively to their temporary captivity; as  long as they have a comfy bed and one square meal a day, the hedgehogs don’t  seem to miss the wide open spaces that much. In fact last week, as I filled up a  tray with food and water bowls and newspaper to line the bottom of hutches rather  than trek back and forth to the outdoor hog runs, it occurred to me I could be a  member of staff at a rather luxurious hotel, and the tray of food complete with  newspaper looked for all the world like the hogs had called room service to have  breakfast in bed. But it always has to be remembered that the aim of the wildlife rescue game is to  return fit and healthy creatures to their natural habitat, so handling and contact  should be kept to an absolute minimum, no matter how cute the ‘patient’ may be.  This is easier said that done with some animals, especially very young ones where  there are no adults for them to bond with, or they need to be hand reared. The first time I ventured into the crows’ enclosure as a rookie volunteer (if you’ll  pardon the pun), one of the birds immediately flew at me and tried to land on my  shoulder. Given my terror of flapping wings, this would have been enough to make  me drop the food bowl and bolt for the exit, except I had been warned that this  particular crow had been hand-reared and he considered the volunteers as his  surrogate parents. I was under strict instructions to brush him off, as by then we  were trying to persuade him to be more independent in preparation for release. I don’t think we’re going to be able to follow the same course of action with the muscovy-mix duckling that came in over the winter.  From being tiny, he’s had no similar adults to ‘imprint’ with, the nearest being a pigeon who never really appreciated the duck’s efforts to  make friends. Musky’s now such a sociable little thing; I do wonder if he’s inherited some domestic breed genes, as he’s absolutely over  the moon when anyone comes to see him, waggling his tail and trilling at the top of his voice. If he ever gets the call of the wild, I  suspect he might ignore it.  Elfrieda Waren 9th March 2017 All the hedgehogs are now beginning to wake up so they are keeping us busy feeding and cleaning. Thirty two hedgehogs take some time to get round each day. All the hogs that have just woken up are very hungry so we are using over a dozen tins of dog food every day. It  has been very helpful having people bringing in packs of food. They prefer the cans of loaf which also goes a lot further as when we use  the meat in jelly, sometimes half the can is jelly. Hogs don't eat the jelly. They make too much mess and have very soft poo if they are  given meat in gravy so we don't give them that. We need to give them plenty of nutritious food so that they can be released as soon as  weather permits, but that is going to be Easter at the earliest. The young Swan collected from Eyemouth on Friday last was taken down to the river  on Wednesday. He weighed 7.7 kilo's when he came in and he has been eating a  good bucket of food daily. We weighed him just before Dick took him to the river and  he was 9.2 kilo's so he has made good use of his stay. Dick also released one of our Tawny Owls. It has been with us some time but we were waiting for a few days of relatively calm weather. He has made a good recovery  although we like to give all birds with head injuries plenty of time to recover. The  photograph shows him in the box ready to go. We have moved another Tawny from  the undercover aviary to take the place of the released one in the JD aviary. This will  give this one more room to move about. This bird has not recovered so quickly and is  not flying so well. We are hoping a bit more space and being fully in the open air will  help him.  We are spending a bit of extra time having a good clear out in the big room and  under cover. People are very good to us offering us all kinds of things including small  animal carriers. We do use quite a few of these but we found we had far too many so  Victoria has advertised the surplus on the Web. The money they make will be a useful  addition to the funds. Thank you Victoria.  I must also thank Jim who has helped us dispose of some ancient rusty metal panels  and other stuff that we thought might be handy for something but had not seen the  light of day for many years. The sparrows had made a horrible mess of the whole lot but now we have a nice clean space. It can be hard  to just get rid of things because as soon as you do you find you could have used it, but all of this stuff had not been touched for about 5  years by our reckoning. Now we have started it will be easier to do the rest. Pat Goff