Latest News "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.. 17th January 2019 This is supposed to be an easier time at the Rollo Centre  but this year just as last year we seem to be getting busier. Every year we  seem to break the record for the number of hedgehogs we have. Last year forty two at any one time. This year we currently have forty  five. Thank goodness we managed to buy some new indoor cages for the poorly hogs that need to stay indoors so they don’t hibernate  as they are too small. Jim and Peter will be building the stands for these cages this week so I hope next time I write I will be able to  show a photo of them in place. It takes quite a time to sort all the hogs in the morning. We have  twenty in outside hutches. They should be asleep but all the  hutches have to be checked each day and there is always one or  two that have woken up and need clean paper, food and water.  In the big room we have 6 hutches that are used to accommodate the hogs that are now well enough to hibernate and need cooling down gently before going outside. These have to be cleaned and fed  daily. We are making provision for five of the old cages in the  recovery room to be moved here when the new cages are put in.  This will help a lot as we have the remaining nineteen hogs in the   recovery area and some of these are ready to move on. All these  hogs need attention daily and this takes up the majority of the  morning. We just can’t wait to see how the new cages work. The cygnets are all doing well now they are all together. The only  one who is always a little apart from the others is our amputee  cygnet. The trouble is he has had to be kept away from the group  for a while after his operation and has been unable to join in quite  as much as we would have liked. He is progressing very well and  flaps his good wing one side and his little stumpy bit on the other.  When he is on the water it is difficult to spot the lack of wing.  The Kestrel we have in on cage rest after his broken leg was pinned is eating very well and can move his foot although not in a strong  grip yet. His leg seems to be not quite at the same angle as his good leg but it is early days yet. He has to go back to the Vet for a check  up next week. At our committee meeting this week I hope to get approval for our plans for a ‘Friends of BSWT’ group and hopefully these will appear  very soon on Facebook and on our website. We are hoping to get a group together to help us with fundraising and other events that us  few cannot manage on our own. Please check it out and join us if you can.  Pat Goff 10th January 2019 Written by Errol the Tawny Owl....  What better way to welcome in the New Year than to give my two usual scribblers Elfie and Pat a festive break and pen my very own  ‘Hootenanny’ New Year message. If you’re a regular reader of the trust’s Advertiser column, you’ll know that I came to the Rollo Centre a few years ago in a right old state  after being in collision with a car.   I had a terrible knock to the old noggin which took me months of gentle treatment to get over.   As I often hear the humans say, the trust is not a sanctuary where creatures are  captive for the rest of their lives but a rescue centre, dedicated to giving wild animals  the care and conditions they need to recover and be released back in the local  countryside. For some reason they thought that despite being physically recovered in  every way, following my accident I no longer had the feisty attitude that birds of prey  need to survive in their natural habitat. It’s true, these days I enjoy the simple things  in life like the odd belly rub and my meal of two dead chicks of an evening.  I may  never swoop low over twilight meadows in search of squeaky mammals again, but I  now have a much more important role as mascot of the Rollo Centre.  From my custom-built aviary, complete with log perch, nestbox and trapeze I can  observe all the comings and goings of my humans. I ensure that correct cleaning and  feeding procedures are followed at Hotchi Mews with its double row of detached  hedgehog chalets, and that the swans and cygnets get their lettuces in the large pool enclosure. And as my hearing is so acute, if I sit on my hollow log and swivel my neck 180  degrees I can even hear what’s going on in the recovery room indoors. There are a  lot of hedgehogs in there at the moment, plus a kestrel with a broken leg. He’s been  ordered to have three weeks of cage rest, but he’s eating well apparently – probably  some of the mice that were meant for me.  Life’s never boring at the trust; earlier in the year 12 tawny owlets came in following a  storm which had blown them out of their nests. As they got older they were transferred to outside ‘flights’ where they could stretch their  wings. Of course, they were all declared fit for release, and were set free, but I personally think living in the wild is over-rated.  Rounding off, I had a very nice Christmas, with lots of extra fuss and treats. Discretion prevents me from revealing the identity of the  special lady who wrote me a very nice letter which included a gift of £200 for the other animals and £50 for me to spend on myself. I will  have to think very hard what to spend it on, but the lady can rest assured whatever I buy will be chosen with my usual ‘im-peck-able’  taste. 3rd January 2019 A Happy New Year to everyone who has helped us in so many ways through 2018. I cannot list names there are so many but from people delivering clean newspapers each week to donating a new printer, we could not manage without your help and the time given by all our  volunteers. Thank you does not seem enough. Last week Elfie told the sad tale of the Long Eared Owl. For the New Year I thought I should give a more upbeat story. In early October last year we had a Cygnet brought in with a broken wing. It was taken straight to the vets to see if anything could be  done. David the vet repaired the break which was high up on the wing and fitted lots of exterior  scaffolding to hold the bones in place. The lower part of the wing trailed on the ground still so  we had to tape it up as the cygnet was treading on it. When the scaffolding came off a few weeks ago the break was mended, but there must have  been some nerve damage as the bird could still not hold its wing up. It still trailed and must  have been very uncomfortable for the bird. When David checked out the bird again he decided  the only option was to amputate the wing. He performed the operation on 19th December and  although the bird had to be kept under cover and off the water for a couple of weeks it looked  much more comfortable. Although the bird will never fly, he will be able to manage very well  on the river and it is pleasing to see that he is much more comfortable without the wing  trailing. He should now make a speedy recovery. As I was writing this piece we had a big delivery at the Centre. Way back in October we heard  of a company making specialist cages for hedgehogs. At this stage they were still working on  their final design. We contacted them and let them know we were interested. We had some  money which had been donated for another project that we completed for less money than we first envisaged, so we were able to order  some of the cages. The cages arrived today. There are four banks of three cages that will fit in the space currently taken up by five cages, which will be a  great help in our recovery room where space is limited. They need to be fitted on a stand which Jim and Peter will make and I will show a  photo of them when they are set up. We are able to fit another two banks in at a later date and as the cost is £450 for each bank of  three they are a very reasonable price considering other cages cost that much for just one cage. We may hold a special fund raising  event early this year to fund the extra cages. We currently have forty two hedgehogs in our care so they will certainly be fully occupied.  Pat Goff