Our swan and wildlife hospital is based at the Skylark Nature Reserve in the village of Barlow, near Selby, North Yorkshire.
Facilites at our sanctuary include a dedicated swan hospital, a separate wildlife hospital, intensive care facilities, isolation pens for sick animals, washing facilities for birds contaminated with fuel or oil, outdoor rehabilitation pens with water pools, soft release aviaries, a classroom for educational visits from schools and community groups, as well as a tea room for our dedicated volunteers and helpers!
As our sanctuary base is also a well protected local Nature Reserve, the animals here therefore enjoy an environment similar to those they would naturally find themselves in the wild, aiding their recovery. More than 100 wild animal species are naturally found on our Nature Reserve, which also makes for an ideal place to release back to the wild any suitable casualties once nursed and recovered back to full health.
We are especially grateful to receive kind support from Drax Power Station, who have donated us use of this land from which we have operated our dedicated hospital facilities since 2010, allowing us to successfully treat thousands of animals each year.
Our outdoor rehabilitation pens provide our swans and waterbirds with near-natural surroundings, as well as water pools for bathing and preening, and encourages natural grazing in the paddocks ahead of release.
We are proud to boast the support of some of the best and most respected Veterinary Suregons in the Country. Vets from the International Zoo Veterinary Group give up their time free of charge to support our valuable work, for which we remain extremely grateful.
The dedicated swan hospital houses sick and injured swans. The animals housed in this hospital are often recovering from surgery proceedures provided by our Vets, or are receiving further or ongoing treatment.
Our wildlife hospital is for sick, injured or orphan wild birds and mammals. It is here where these creatures are diligently cared for by our experienced volunteers, with the eventual aim of successful rehabilitation back to their rightful place in the wild.
Our intensive care pens are for swans and animals which require partiular support and care, with additional heat provided 24 hours a day, and isolation if required.
The Sanctuary is based on a local Nature Reserve, where we are able to enjoy visits by school and community groups. Our volunteers provide educational talks to raise awareness of our work, and give examples of how to reduce suffering to animals and reduce our impact on the environment.