What we need and items that you can donate

We are always most grateful for donations of the following items. If you have what we need and would like to donate these items, please contact us at enquiries@swanlifeline.org.uk

Shredded paper (long cut not cross cut): We use a lot of shredded paper within our intensive care unit (ICU) and recuperation pens. We prefer paper to straw as it is cleaner and there is no danger of the spread of any infection from allergens or bacteria that are often found in straw. Swans and cygnets can also inhale the dust and small particles that come from straw.

Each of our intensive care pens will use half a bin liner of shredded paper every day so when ICU is busy that amounts to 10 bags per day!

Swans are rather messy birds and to keep them clean, especially after surgery it is vital that bedding is changed at least once per day.

Newspapers: We use newspapers underneath the shredded paper to aid absorbency. As with shredded paper, this is changed every day.

Towels: We use towels during our rescues and within our treatment centre, especially when we have lots of young cygnets. These need to be changed on a frequent basis.

Laundry detergent

Gardening equipment/tools: These kind of donations assists us greatly when we have large work parties that join us volunteering. Such work helps to maintain our rescue centre and surrounding grounds that host all of our swan pens.

If you have any other items that you think might be useful for us, please do get in touch.

Tombola/raffle prizes

Stationary

Alternatively, we would be most grateful for any donations via items purchased from our AmazonWishlist .