Latest News Our AGM and Open Day is on 28th July 2018. Click here for the covering letter, agenda and proposal form (doc format) or here (in pdf format). Click here for the poster with full details (Why not print out and display if possible) ******************************* "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.. 12th July 2018 At last the Herring Gull chicks that are growing like mushrooms have a nice pond with gentle slope so they can paddle and bathe. Our  thanks to Jim and Peter for sorting the pond. The birds are really super clean. They wash their faces after every meal and love to have a  complete bath even when they are small. This year as most of them came in on one day and were all like ping-pong balls they were able  to go together once they had got over the shock of a 30 of 40 foot fall.  Several died from internal injuries but the majority soon pulled themselves together  and ate everything that was put in front of them. These "first in" birds are now  growing their wings and trying to lift off the ground when they flap. One or two  smaller ones have come in to join the merry band and although it is time consuming  cleaning them and very fishy when preparing their food they all look very healthy. We  just smell of fish!  We are checking the ducklings in the big pond as we think they are very nearly ready  to be released. We have two other younger ducklings ready to take their place in the  pond with Harry Swan who is at last moulting out his pink feathers. He is looking  beautifully white so another few weeks should sort him out as well. Our oldest Cygnet is growing well and very sadly he is missing the tiny companion  who came in a couple of weeks ago. He was much smaller but they were getting on  very well together but the little one was found dead this morning, so poor Cygnet is  on his own again. The one that died had been alone and abandoned by his family. Its  really sad when this happens but we can’t win them all. Our Tawny Owlets are all growing up and we are needing more aviaries for them as they grow. We are constantly moving birds from one  pen to another to make room. They are all doing very well.  This is the time of year when all the tiny garden birds get lost or caught by cats and they come into us to sort out.  We have with various  volunteers so they can be fed continuously, a Blackbird, several Sparrows, a House Martin, a Goldfinch and a Chaffinch. We are lucky to  have volunteers happy to take them home. Our next Open Day is on Saturday 28th July 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Plenty of wildlife to see as well as Tombola and other stalls. Check out  our new 2019 calendars. One is a special one just showing hedgehog pictures as well as a general calendar showing the variety of wildlife we deal with. On the same day starting at 2.30 p.m. is our Annual General Meeting. Proposal forms can be downloaded from our website or picked up  from The David Rollo Centre. Everyone is welcome.  Pat Goff 5th July 2018 I had a wry laugh when I saw a photo on Instagram by another trust volunteer Victoria recently, captioned: ‘ “I love baby gull season!”  said no volunteer, ever.’ Her picture was of two fluffy mottled chicks, with huge webbed feet and knobbly knees way too big for them. I had a chortle at the picture, and then I went in to the Rollo Centre to do my usual volunteering stint. That’s when I found there weren’t  just two gull chicks but around 30. They were all casualties of the high winds, blown out  of their rooftop nests and brought in by concerned local people who had found them  sprawled on the ground. When they first come in, the gull chicks go into plastic cages,  where they make so much mess they need to be cleaned out twice a day, which is why  they’re not the most popular patients with trust volunteers. Fortunately, they grow  rapidly and they’re soon big enough to be transferred to an outside enclosure where the floor can be hosed down. It’s true that gulls can be noisy and messy, and one or two people are even prepared to break the law by using them for shooting practice. But many, many more people accept  that the gulls are part and parcel of living in a coastal town.   It’s especially heartening when children and young people take an interest in wildlife  rescue, and the trust has lots of young supporters who are growing up to value all kinds of animals, not just the ones that happen to appeal to us humans. On Friday afternoon  12-year-old Jennah of Ayton and her mum Karen brought a gull chick into the Rollo  Centre in a very pretty floral box. Jennah said she keeps the box in the car just in case  they come across an injured animal while out in the car and need a container to  transport it.   The trust’s AGM takes place at the Rollo Centre on Saturday 28 July from 2.30pm, and  everyone is welcome to come along. Trust members should note that in order to ensure as much of our supporters’ donations as possible  is spent on actual wildlife rescue, we have decided not to post out personal invitations this year to save on costs. Instead, information on the AGM is being posted on our Facebook page, on the website and here in our weekly Berwick Advertiser article. This year none of the trust committee has to retire under the three year rule, but people can be proposed to serve on the committee as  long as they are in agreement. Nominations can also be made for the post of chairman with the same proviso.   Proposal forms are available from the website at www.swan-trust.org and can be downloaded and emailed to the trust or printed and  posted to BSWT, Windmill Way East, Ramparts Business Park, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1TU. Forms are also available by calling in at the  Rollo Centre at this address. Elfrieda Waren 28th June 2018 This has certainly been one of the busiest years ever at the Trust. The quiet spell we usually get between hedgehogs leaving us and young birds and animals coming in did not materialise so spring  cleaning will be left until Autumn, or we shall have to do small areas at a time.  At the beginning of June all the aviaries had been full so I took home to hand feed five Jackdaws and a tiny Magpie baby. These time  consuming noisy babies soon grew and were easy to feed. Mouths opened as soon as they heard anyone approach. The Jackdaws were  much larger than the Magpie so they had to be housed separately. They were very smelly birds when confined so they lived in a shed so every  hour we had to go out to feed them. As soon as we thought they were big  enough and were well feathered they were taken outside to one of our aviaries in the garden . We were still having to feed them every hour. Peter took over  the job when we were away for a few days. During this time Kay brought up a  young crow to join the merry band. He was feeding himself and this spurred  the Jackdaws on to do the same. As soon as the Lomax aviary at the Rollo Centre became available we took the  Jackdaws and the Magpie (who was also now eating for himself) to have more  space to fly before they were released. This worked for the crow and the  Jackdaws but the Magpie was more difficult when he saw people he rushed  towards them and escaped from the Lomax. He came straight to me when he  saw me but I decided to take him back home and soft release him there.  Several other volunteers take birds home when they need constant feeding and it is very rewarding.   Today we had in our first tiny hedgehog of the year. Eyes and ears still closed.  A dog had dug up the nest and the one surviving baby brought in. Sadly it had  a large wound on its back which was covered in fly eggs. As the wound was so  large and the animal so tiny at 37 grams that we decided it was very doubtful  it could survive, so reluctantly we put it to sleep.  We are now looking forward to our next Open Day which is on 28th. July 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. After this starting at 2.30 p.m. we shall be  holding our A.G.M.  Normally members are notified by post but this year due to the high cost of printing and postage we are issuing notices on our website  www swan-trust.org. and on our facebook page. Nomination forms can be downloaded from these sites and can be emailed to us, or  forms can be collected from The David Rollo Centre. Notices are also posted on our gates at the centre. Everyone is welcome to both  events. Pat Goff