We urgently need to raise £3000 to save the lives of baby gulls. Last year over 400 baby gulls were brought to us; some orphaned, some due to the effects of humans. Raising our target will allow us to care for young gulls until they are able to care for themselves and can be released back into the wild.
We cannot and will not be able to provide for these young gulls if we cannot raise our target. Our volunteers are fully committed to work round the clock (in most cases this would be 18 hour days) but the funding is paramount to being able to save the lives of these gulls, whose numbers are dwindling dramatically. Please help us help them.
The summer is the gulls breeding season and rearing young is incredibly challenging. Due to gulls now living more inland, the nest on a shelf of a cliff face has now become the roof of many of our homes. Baby gulls (chicks) are most often brought to us after falling off roofs. Whilst this enough to contend with, chicks then face the challenge of busy roads. Many of the gulls have been abandoned or injured in the first few weeks of their lives; some with injuries so bad they will be unfit for release.
It costs Bird Aid, on average, £35 for every baby gull brought to the centre from it's admittance to its release. This accounts for feeding every day, shelter, and any medication it may require. Our £3000 target will allow us to safely rear and release 86 baby gulls; that's just 86 people donating £35!
Why save gulls?
Gulls are a prominent fixture along the Sussex coastline. However, in the last twenty years, populations have declined dramatically, with the Herring gull (the most common species of gull found in the UK) now red listed due to the severe declines in its national breeding population. The red list includes species with the highest conservation priority, with the species needing urgent action. This means the species is severely globally threatened, with a (at least 50%) decline in their UK breeding population and a (at least 50%) contraction of their UK breeding range.
It's no surprise then that the Herring gull is the most common species brought to us here at Bird Aid. We are one of few wildlife charities in Sussex giving a place of safety to our counties' most vulnerable birds. Without the funding to feed, rehabilitate, and to give them shelter we could see gulls numbers plummet just as they did with starlings in our towns and cities.
Bird Aid is a registered charity in Hailsham working towards rehabilitating gulls and working with vulnerable adults. Our volunteers are primarily those with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or those isolated in their community. We offer a place of safety working with animals and learning new skills. Our £3000 target would benefit both the gulls at our centre and our volunteers who very much enjoy working with the baby gulls.