BBC Two’s ‘Born to be Wild’ shows the wild side of the Scottish SPCA

The Scottish SPCA has allowed cameras behind the scenes for exclusive access to their National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

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‘Born to be Wild’ focuses on our wild side. The BBC Two 10-part series begins on Monday and provides a fascinating insight in to daily life at our centre at Fishcross in Clackmannanshire.

Last year, we released 5,642 wild animals back into their natural environment.

Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell said, “We are delighted that ‘Born to be Wild’ will be shown on primetime BBC Two. We are so proud of the work of our team at the wildlife centre. They are unsung heroes whose passion and dedication to each and every animal that comes into their care is awe-inspiring. They give thousands of wildlife creatures a second chance, 365 days of the year, and the series will offer a fascinating insight in to this work.

“From foxes to fledglings, otters to ospreys and weasels to woodpeckers, viewers will get to see first-hand how our devoted staff rescue, rehabilitate and release some of the UK’s best loved wildlife.”

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The series was produced by Maramedia, the Scottish production company behind the acclaimed ‘Wild Shetland’ TV show narrated by Ewan McGregor.

Jackie Savery, Director at Maramedia, said: “The access to animals is amazing and the resilience and brilliance of the skilled Scottish SPCA staff really shines through. It provides privileged access to Scottish wildlife and the series will prove to be a heart-warming, inspiring watch for viewers.”

2018 was the busiest year to date for our National Wildlife Centre. 9,861 animals were brought to us last year including record numbers of birds (7,593) and seals (188) as well as 1,387 hedgehogs.  Our animal helpline receives over 200,000 calls each year and inspectors and animal rescue officers respond to 90,000 incidents.

‘Born to Be Wild’ is on BBC Two tonight at 6.30pm. More information is available here

 

 

Bird rescued by the Scottish SPCA being fed

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