Gower Bird Hospital - History

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Gower Bird Hospital was founded in 1989 by Simon Allen and Karen Kingsnorth.

They began providing ad hoc care to birds in 1989. Their efforts brought them an ever-increasing number of patients until, by the early 1990s, it was clear that the tremendous amount of unmet need would soon overwhelm them and they began erecting purpose-built facilities in their garden. These have had to be extended year by year as the patients just keep coming!

 

 Year
Bird Casualties
Mammals
Oil Spill Victims
Total
1993 121 0 0 121
1994 430 54 0 484
1995 729 75 254 1058
  1996 * 698 77 501 1276
1997 700 74 0 774
1998 848 152 0 1000
1999 1062 158 29 1249
2000 1114 175 0 1289
2001 1127 204 0 1331
2002 1066 253 0 1319
2003 970 227 0 1197
2004 1314 253 0 1567
2005 1096 284 0 1380
2006 1166 271 6 1437
2007 1167 429 15 1596
2008 1220 425 7 1645
2009 1219 380 7 1599
2010 1524 449 7 1973
2011 1347 381 2 1728
2012 1234 404 12 1638
2013 1162 323 3 1485
2014 1265 332 4 1597
Total 22,579 5,380 847 28,743

* In 1996, 501 of our patients were victims of the Sea Empress disaster. We were able to give essential first aid treatment to all casualties found around the Gower coast.


Since 1993, over 11,000 wildlife casualties have arrived at Gower Bird Hospital from all over South Wales. The dots represent numbers of patients, but we just ran out of space in some areas.

Donations

Gower Bird Hospital relies entirely on donations. If you would like to make a donation online, click the button below. To send a cheque or donate by monthy standing-order, please print our donation form and post it back to us. This form also includes the Inland Revenue Gift Aid  declaration that enables us to reclaim the tax that would otherwise be kept by the treasury.



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Gower Bird Hospital, Sandy Lane, Pennard, Swansea, SA3 2EW
Tel: 01792 371630        
E-mail: info@gowerbirdhospital.org.uk
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