Peregrine Falcon i - Caldey Island Aug 2019One of Britain’s holy islands was the unusual site for the rescue of an oil-stricken peregrine falcon.

RSPCA Cymru was contacted after the falcon was found by a part-time resident of the island on Sunday (25 August).

Caldey Island has a population of approximately 40 residents, and is home to varying numbers of Cistercian monks.

The falcon was returned safely to Tenby, and collected by RSPCA Cymru. He has now been transferred to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset for rehabilitation and care.

Unfortunately the bird is badly contaminated by sticky oil, and is very skinny – suggesting he may have been in a bad way for some while.

RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “This was a really unique incident. A peregrine falcon on Caldey Island is certainly a rarity for us; though the island is rich in wildlife.

“Sadly, this beautiful bird is badly oil-stricken and now faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation in our care. He’s very skinny, but hopefully can be returned to the wild in the future.

“The RSPCA relies on the public to be our eyes and ears, and we’re so grateful to the member of the public who found this bird, and confined him ahead of a safe journey home.”

For more information about what to do if you find an injured wild animal, including wildlife contaminated with oil, please visit the RSPCA’s website. Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru with rescues such as these, you can donate online.