Bringing '˜the big room' into use

This week I am delighted to be able to tell you about our exciting plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust.

Saturday, 25th March 2017, 11:28 am
This room has always been kept as a space in case we had a dozen or so swans in that had been oiled.

To mark this special landmark occasion we thought about upgrading the recovery room at the trust, but this project is going to be very expensive.

With that in mind, we thought we would do something with ‘the big room’ instead.

This room has always been kept as a spare space in case we had a dozen or so swans brought into the centre that had been oiled.

As time has gone on we have only had the odd swan with oil contamination, although a few years ago we did have 60 or so guillemots and other small sea birds that were heavily oiled.

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When we discussed the fact that the room was not being used as well as it could be, we decided to make changes to the space as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations.

At the moment, if we have badgers or foxes in our care at the trust, we have to use the cages that are in the open in the big room.

What we are planning to do is to make a quiet room within the big room so that larger mammals, as well as birds of prey, that are in need of some seclusion can be kept away from the constant disturbance from volunteers working and visitors coming and going.

We already have the cages and the quiet room will incorporate these.

We also plan to have a much larger washing machine so that all the daily laundry can be done in one load, together with a new tumble drier.

Our present sinks are reaching the end of their useful lives so we plan to have a stainless steel unit, with stainless tables for the animals’ food preparation. This will mean we can close up part of the open drain currently in the room.

With plenty of shelves, we can also make the room much tidier.

The accompanying photograph shows the big room in a bit of a mess during our sorting out.

The tank, which can be used for water birds, will be enclosed so that it can also be used as a large indoor aviary, with storage above.

A few cans of paint for the walls and the floor will complete the transformation.

The whole cost for this project should be less than £5,000.

We are lucky enough to have a team of fund-raisers who have lots of great ideas to raise the money for this project without dipping into the main funds.

If you would like to help us in any way please ring the trust headquarters and we would be pleased to hear from you.

We shall be adding some of the equipment we need on our wish list at Amazon and would be delighted if anyone can help with any of these items.

We are hoping to open the new big room changes at our annual general meeting later this year.