W7 – Project Manager’s Update

Well it’s been an interesting 24 hours for us to say the least! Poor old W7 isn’t in a good way and we’re all working hard to make sure that we take the right course of action when the time is right.

Of course, the key phrase I’ve used here is “when the time is right” and at the moment the time just isn’t right to intervene.

These are wild birds in a wild environment and intervening at this stage would involve an intolerable amount of risk to W7.

I have spent most of this morning consulting with experts about W7 and here are just some of the points raised:

  • She can still fly – she would be impossible to capture without a significant risk of injuring her further.
  • Even if she couldn’t fly, she is strong enough to try and evade capture. There would be a strong possibility for her to sustain an 80ft fall to the ground.
  • It is only 24 hours since she started limping. She should be left to rest and recover in the place where she is most comfortable – her nest.
  • Taking a wild bird into captivity has serious implications for that bird’s future quality of life. Once you’ve taken a bird from its nest, the chances of it living freely in the wild are significantly reduced.

These are also the same very good reasons that both the Dyfi and Rutland decided to let nature take its course when they faced similar circumstances.

We are doing everything that we can to provide cover for W7 should the situation deteriorate. We have doubled the number of volunteers providing cover at the nest and we are in regular contact with people who can provide care for W7 if needed. However, I must stress that at this point deciding what to do about W7 is very clear cut: she is a wild bird in her nest – that’s where she should stay. This will remain our position unless W7’s condition significantly deteriorates.

Over the past 24 hours some of our most dedicated followers on social media have felt a little frustrated that we have not yet intervened. Fore those few that still have their doubts, I’d like to leave you with a couple of thoughts:

1) We need you to have faith! – We’re a tiny organisation of very dedicated volunteers and we are fortunate enough to have some very knowledgeable experts on board. We’re doing all we can for W7 at the moment and we’re keeping an eye on her progress every step of the way.

2) We need you to understand “wild”! – We must remember that it is a huge privilege to have this opportunity to observe wild animals in their environment. We should not let ourselves forget that and start treating these birds as our pets rather than the magnificent wild animals that they are.