For around ten years now we have been involved in Bird rescue and rehabilitation.
We work with local Veterinary Practices and several other bird rescue centres and bird rehabbers to house, treat, medicate and care for many different inland bird types, but we have become best known for our care of hundreds of Pigeons!
Being in a rural location, we have around 200 garden birds that visit us each day here at Riverside...many of whom came to us as abandoned eggs, nestlings or as injured juveniles or adults. We care for them until they are well enough (or old enough) to look after themselves.
Many of the pigeons we received during the pandemic are from homes where they were previously kept in a large aviary as pets, but unfortunately their owners died or became unemployed and could np longer keep them.
Over the years we have looked after Blackbirds, Blue-tits, Great-tits, Wrens, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Jackdaws, Crows, Magpies, Swallows, Starlings,
Swifts, House martins, Thrushes, House sparrows, Tree sparrows, Robins and Goldcrests. By far the most common are Feral Pigeons (the ones you see in town centres a lot) Wood pigeons and Collared doves, closely followed by Blackbirds and Great tits.
At the back of our property, we have land which we use as an allotment and a large pen and cop for our rehab and disabled Pigeons to live happily in.
The pen door is open all day so that the flying birds can come and go, but everyone is always safety tucked inside our heated coop at night.
We are in a rural location, so we do have predators here.
We live opposite a nature reserve which is home to Buzzards, Kestrels, Bard and Tawny Owls and Sparrow-hawks.
We also have a pair of Ravens living in the large trees at the back of our property as well as Magpies, Jays, Crows, Jackdaws, foxes and weasels! All of which will prey on young birds, steal eggs and eat injured birds given the opportunity, we do loose a few birds each year to this, but this is totally normal and natural and the way birds survive.
We don't have a hospital here, but we do have experience with hand rear of all inland birds from egg and nestling as well as rehabilitation of injured birds.
Many of the birds we have raised have stayed and now our garden in often overflowing with 200+ birds visiting our feeders each day.
We feed the garden birds 3 times a day with a huge selection of food to cater for all the different species we have here.
Pigeons form close bonds with mates very quickly and we have an average of 10 eggs laid every month of the year.
Obviously, we cannot let these form in to babies and hatch otherwise we would be overrun! so on day 1 of laying, we gently replace the eggs with warmed plastic eggs and leave the real egg out on the feeing station for the wild birds who eat them (the crows love them!)
If you come across a bird in central Staffordshire (within a 10 mile radius of Stafford) we may be able to help you. Please text / whats app / insta message / telephone us and we will help if we can.
Please be aware that we only collect Birds in extreme circumstances and ask that you transport the birds to us, we can give advice on the best way to transport them.
To see more of our birds why not follow us on Facebook and Instagram @littlegreenpigeon