Retrieve, Restore, Release

South Devon Seabird Trust

Specialising in the Rescue, Treatment and Rehabilitation of

Oiled Seabirds

Established in 1983 by Jean Bradford MBE 

Registered Charity No. 1048739

Bridled Guillemot

Most of the sea birds we have cared for are guillemots - members of the auk family.    

This charity is second to none in the results it achieves in the care, treatment and rehabilitation of oiled seabirds.  Our aim is, and always has been, to treat each bird as an individual - each one requiring assistance - and each one having the same hope of full recovery and a chance to return to the wild.   This has meant that an average of 74% of the birds admitted into our care have been returned to the wild, and information received back from our ringed birds has provided the proof that they are successful after release.

Auks released by the Trust off the south Devon coast have been found in Shetland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Belgium, Wales, Channel Islands as well as various places around the coast of England.

Rehabilitated Gannets just released.  (Photographed by Colin Wilmshurst)