A dramatic seal rescue – labelled the “most technical” ever dealt with by an RSPCA officer – hits television screens on Wednesday (September 12) as part of a new wildlife series.

Wednesday’s edition of ‘Saving Britain’s Wildlife’ – broadcast on Quest Red – tells the incredible story of the seal, who became badly trapped amid heavy rocks and boulders by a sea wall near the Port Talbot steelworks in November.

Remarkably, a three-tonne boulder was physically shifted out of the … Continue reading…

A seal rescued in “some of the most dramatic circumstances imaginable” in Port Talbot has been returned to the wild by the RSPCA, following six months of rehabilitation.

Video footage captured the heartwarming moment the seal was returned to the wild, after playing the starring role in one of the most high-profile rescues undertaken by the RSPCA in 2017.

The animal welfare charity had led a multi-agency operation in November to save the seal. She had become trapped amid heavy … Continue reading…

04.04.14

A group of young puffins blown in during the February storms are homeward bound after we released the birds off the north coast of Devon yesterday.

The three juvenile puffins, who were among an influx of 40 seabirds we rescued during the heavy winter storms, took a journey across to Lundy Island on MS Oldenburg following two months rehabilitation, rest and recuperation at our West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

The birds made the 22-mile trip across the Bristol … Continue reading…

03.04.14

We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…

22.10.13

We and other wildlife charities have welcomed the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) swift action to ban ships across the world from discharging all forms of high viscosity polyisobutylene (PIB) into the sea during tank cleaning operations. PIB was the chemical responsible for the deaths of over 4,000 seabirds on the south west coast earlier this year.

The tragedy, the largest marine pollution incident of its kind in the region since Torrey Canyon, shocked thousands of people.

At a meeting … Continue reading…