Wild Bird Aid was founded in 2016 by friends Claire Newsome and Kerstin and Stephan Voigt. Previously, Kerstin and Stephan had been rescuing wildlife on the Isle of Wight for several years as ‘Wight Nature’, and Claire joined them as a volunteer whilst living on the mainland and working as a volunteer rescuer at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue. Upon Claire’s return to the Isle of Wight at the end of 2015, they decided to formally join forces and founded Wild Bird Aid.
In 2017, Kerstin and Stephan decided to take a well-deserved sabbatical from active rescue, but Claire continues the work of Wild Bird Aid.
Being based on an island, a significant number of casualties have always been gulls, and in 2018 we took the decision to become the only facility on the Isle of Wight dedicated to rescuing and caring for injured and orphaned seagulls.