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.. 11th January 2018 Firstly I must thank Elfie for doing last weeks jottings for me after extra family descended for New Year.  It has been very busy and the  Rollo Centre over the holidays.    We currently have 38 hedgehogs in our care. Fortunately the 11 that are in pens  outdoors have now all hibernated although they do have to be checked on a daily basis  as they will sometimes wake up and have a little snack before going back to sleep. We  keep a bowl of dried food in each pen and then we only have to replace it once a week. We have another 7 hogs in the big room which is cold they too are more or less asleep  and they also are on dried food. The other twenty are being kept in warm rooms so they are all awake. Here I must thank all the kind folk who bring us canned food and  mealworms for them also the sponsors who really do help with the costs. We still have  three female hogs needing sponsors so if you are interested please give us a ring at the centre for details.  We have had three new arrivals this week. A swan was brought up from Newcastle. It  had made a crash landing onto a wet car park which resulted in concussion and are very  sore beak. It is not known if the bird mistook the wet tarmac for water or if it collided  with power or other cables which would have brought the bird down. It’s wounds were  treated locally and it was given painkillers before it was brought up to us. We shall have  to keep the bird for a couple of weeks to make sure no burns show up in case it hit  power lines. We have another swan that came in a week or so ago that did hit power  cables. When it arrived there was singeing to one wing and it can take up to a couple of weeks for any serious damage to show.  Hopefully the next few days will show they are both OK. We now have a full pond with 12 swans and this is causing us other problems (apart from cleaning and feeding in the freezing cold) we  are now out of grain that was kindly donated by Simpsons, so if anyone has any grain they can spare we will be very grateful it doesn’t  matter if its oats barley or wheat. We are having to buy mixed grain which is proving expensive. The birds are fed grain, brown bread  and lettuce with a sprinkling of mealworms on the pond.      Pat Goff 4th January 2018 The early days of January are usually a time for reflecting on the milestones of the previous year, and looking forward to what the  coming 12 months could bring.  At the Trust, 2017 was the 25th anniversary of the wildlife rescue centre’s foundation,  and to mark the occasion, a fundraising campaign collected money to carry out a series  of improvements to ‘The Big Room’.  The old stone sink was replaced by a larger stainless steel double sink for washing out  food buckets and bowls, and a larger capacity, energy efficient washing machine and  tumble dryer were installed so that volunteers could keep up with the vast volume of  clean towels required for indoor hedgehog bedding. But the change that has perhaps  had the greatest impact for the wildlife has been the building of the ‘Claw and Talon’  room for larger animals such as buzzards and owls that need seclusion from the daily  noise and business of the main area. Many birds have already benefited from this  calmer environment and their reduced stress levels seem to speed up the recovery  process. For 2018, Jim is constructing a large indoor aviary at the far end of the big room,  completing the alterations and refurbishments to make this space fit for purpose.  For we volunteers, helping out at the trust enables us to experience wild animals at  close quarters, and inevitably particular ‘residents’ stand out, either because they are  an unusual species or for sheer character alone. In 2017, if there was to be a trust  ‘Animal Personality of The Year’, for me it would be Harry the swan, who is currently on  his second stay with us after his concerned human friends at Riverside Park, Wooler reported that he was losing weight and condition.  Swans aren’t best known for their gentleness and approachability, but Harry just loves being close to people, especially when they’re  putting out the food buckets. A strong contender for the 2018 ‘Personality’ accolade is a female hedgehog in the recovery room. The poor thing has already achieved  the record for being the hog carrying the most parasites that Kay has ever seen. She has to wait until last in the cleaning and feeding  regime as hog mites can be easily spread. She also distinguishes herself by having just three legs, although Kay thinks she has been  born like that and hasn’t lost the leg in an accident. Kay can also tell that, despite her difficulties, this little hog has successfully brought  a litter of hoglets into the world.   So what of 2018 and further into the future? There’s no doubt about it, there are massive challenges ahead for wildlife, from global  climate change, the loss of habitats and food sources, to the more local issues of thoughtless littering and deliberate cruelty. Animals are  finding it increasingly difficult to survive through all of this; it’s up to us humans to do what we can to provide the conditions in which  they can thrive.  Elfrieda Waren 28th December 2017 Having just returned after two weeks visiting family in Dubai where it was lovely and warm I finally feel my old self again.   I was very surprised to find that our over-wintering hogs have increased to 38 so we still have some available to be sponsored.  Sponsoring really helps to cover the cost of feeding and cleaning also the heating  bills as the room they are kept in has to be warm. It also makes a great  Christmas present for animal lovers. My first day back at the Rollo Centre I was  in the recovery room whilst Victoria was cleaning the cages and she was wearing  a Christmas hat. She said she had put a hedgehog in it so I took the photo which  I thought would make a good one for this article. Jackie also told me that we still  need newspapers and hand towels  as well as the usual dog meat and  mealworms. We have had some very generous donations that come in every  week but with 38 to feed its going to be an expensive winter for the Trust. We has a Buzzard brought in a couple of days ago that was sitting at the side of  the road. It is a very fiesty bird, a female of good weight. It may have been  clipped by a vehicle and stunned as it soon pulled itself together and showed it  was not to be messed with. There was a worry that it may have been shot as  there was shooting in the area where the bird was found so we needed an x-ray  just to make sure. No shot was found and Kay fetched the bird back from the vet  just as I finished cleaning its cage. It was not happy to go back in and now we  know it is fit it will be released back to where it was found.   Another Buzzard was brought in by Sean the bird was soaking wet and very thin.  It had killed one of the disabled gulls that Sean cares for. The bird weighed only  600 grams instead  of at least 900 and was starving. It was difficult to tell that it was in fact a Buzzard as it looked even smaller sopping  wet.  Settled in with road kill and warmth the bird soon tucked into a  chick or two and thanked us for the snack with a pellet. The next  day it stripped a squirrel  to the skin leaving only a few rib bones. He has now been moved to the big flight aviary and will soon be up to  a healthy weight. The Cygnets and swans have not had it so good whilst I was away as they had to be moved away from the pond as it was frozen over.  Dick helped empty the pond and shovelled out the ice from the bottom. The pond was refilled and the birds can go back again today. Lets  hope they will not have to be moved over the Christmas period. This is where I have to thank our volunteers who have come in as usual despite the awful weather (I’m really glad I was away at the  right time) and the ones who are covering over the holiday by doing extra days. I shall have to do some extra to pay back Kay and Jackie  for all their hard work whilst I was away too. They have had a really horrible fortnight.  Thanks to all the people that support us in so many ways and also to the lovely chocolates and biscuits that have been handed in for the  volunteers they are very much appreciated.  Pat Goff