I was up in Cheshire last week filming for my new series ‘Operation Animal’ with the RSPCA at their Stapeley Grange wildlife centre. It was my first visit to the centre and absolutely fascinating to see the work they do there with a wide variety of species (they treated over 250 different species there last year!). It was really busy, with lots of interesting cases including the swan in this picture that had been treated for injuries (after flying into a tree!) and then was released back to the wild while I was there. There were also lots of birds of prey including falcons, buzzards and even a beautiful sparrowhawk that had suffered injuries to his chest after being hit by a car.
By the time I left I’d seen more wildlife cases than in my whole career as a vet, and it left me feeling a great sense of admiration for the work the vets and support staff do at the centre. With a bit of luck you should be able to watch all the action on TV sometime next year.