What’s next for the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall?

Posted: April 17, 2023 in Uncategorized

Discover our plans for the future

With Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall approaching our centenary in 2028, we want to ensure that we are fit for the next 100 years – so our Council of Trustees and our team are working on a series of proposals to improve the quality of what we do.

Upgrading our site and launching a fundraising campaign

We are developing exciting new proposals with our architectural advisors to significantly upgrade our site in Mousehole, and we will be sharing these proposals online as soon as they are available. We will also be launching a major fundraising campaign to support this investment.

Improving our reception and triage area

The brief to our architects is to create a new a reception area that is more welcoming for people bringing birds to us for care. This new area will also significantly improve our biosecurity, particularly for seabirds, as it will allow us to better assess and test birds prior to admission.

Bird Tracker

All birds entering our care are issued a log number on their arrival, we will now be able to give this information to the original finder of the bird who will be able to track it’s progress online once they have dropped it to the Wild Bird Hospital.

Brand new Bird Care Centre

We will be undertaking a major refurbishment of our treatment facilities to create a completely new and refurbished Bird Care Centre to improve the standards of care and bird welfare we are able to offer and improve the working environment of our Bird Care Team. This will include better welfare facilities for our team.

Reconfiguring our aviaries

Working closely with our veterinary advisors, we plan to make changes to the configuration of our aviaries to improve their biosecurity and that of the site as a whole. This will include creating a dedicated quarantine facility for more routine infectious diseases requiring birds to be kept isolated.

As part of making sure that birds are fit and read to be returned to the wild requires us to ensure they can fly properly so as part of the refurbishment programme we will be creating a new ‘flight aviary’ to allow the flying skills of birds to be properly assessed.

Relaunching our membership scheme

Our members are a vital source of support and funding for us, and we will shortly be launching a new membership offer to provide you with increased benefits – please watch out for its launch.

Building our volunteer base

We also want to encourage more of our supporters to become actively involved in what we do when we re-open our main site by providing the opportunity for volunteers to work with us across a range of activities – and by so doing to help the welfare of our birds and meet new people. Whether it’s working on reception, collecting birds, gardening or cleaning on site there will be a range of activities available to suit everyone.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the ongoing journey for Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall. We are working hard to ensure that we are building on the foundations put in place by the Yglesias sisters in 1928 and safeguarding the future of the Hospital – ensuring its place at the heart of the community in Mousehole remains for many years to come.