What We Do
The Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust (WBRT) takes in for care over 1,000 birds a year, consisting of native and non-native birds who have been injured, orphaned or are sick. We particularly specialise in the rehabilitation of waterfowl.
Most of the birds we take into care are brought to us by caring members of the public, with the remainder from vet clinics, animal control and the SPCA. Some birds also arrive from the Wellington Zoo Nest Te Kōhanga and Massey University Wildbase for care rehabilitation.
The time our bird patients need to spend in care can range from just a few days to six months. Injuries are wide-ranging and the causes include: impact with windows, cars and power lines; cat and dog attacks, being stood on by horses and eel bites etc, ingestion of fishing tackle. We get runs of birds who have been poisoned either accidentally or purposely and we also get runs of birds suffering from Avian Botulism.
The majority of ducks brought in are orphaned ducklings, so duck-breeding season can be our busiest time of the year but although they create a lot of work ducklings are so cute!
Vision & Mission
WBRT is the brainchild of Craig Shepherd, Founder and Director, who established the site in 2002. Essentially a bird hospital located in 24 hectares of farmland, WBRT is mostly self-funded with help from volunteers, donors and the community.
Treat & Release
Care for every bird brought in and release them back to the wild as quickly as possible.
Offer permanent care (shelter, food & safety) to those who cannot live in the wild.
Provide a humane and peaceful end to those birds with un-survivable injuries or conditions.