The New Arc

The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre

The New Arc, Nether Auquhadlie, Auchnagatt, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8UW | Tel: 0796 225 3867 | Email:  

The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre is the largest wildlife rescue in the north of Scotland. An independent Charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire, we take in large numbers of orphaned or injured birds and mammals every year.

One of the several red squirrel we have hand reared

Wildlife rehabilitation: We have many years experience hand-rearing orphan birds, and dealing with orphaned and injured mammals, with the intention to release them back into the wild when they are fit and able.



Since we started in 2006 we have rescued and rehabilitated over 16,000 animals and birds. We have a 24/7 service, offering advice and assistance, and an Animal Ambulance to take us out and about when we are able


For more information, including what we do, where we are, and how to contact us, please visit our about page.

Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Winner 2019

We were honoured to be nominated for an IFAW Award, and thrilled to be invited to collect our Award (Wildlife Rescue Centre of the Year) at a ceremony hosted by the Lord Desai at The House of Lords.  The Award was presented by Bill Oddie, who we were delighted to have chance for a chat with

IFAW Award Winners 2019

IFAW Animal Action Awards 2019

3 days ago


We are thrilled to have been chosen by these fantastic artists, to be one of their Charities for support. Please have a look at their stunning work, and pop them a like on their page - you won't be disappointed ...

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4 days ago


Yet again I am in the bad books....Despite having my phone and a Go-Pro I have managed to mess up the video. Thanks to Blair for sending us their copy.

Last night we were called out after Blair and Lily came across an injured Roe Deer in the middle of the road just outside Belhelvie. Believing it to be dead, Blair went to move it off the road and realised it was still alive though unconscious. He called his partner Dee Lawlor, who immediately called The New Arc. We are pleased to say that when we arrived the whole family were in attendance, had placed a cover over its head to keep it calm and were carrying out traffic control.

After a quick check over, Blair and Dee helped load the deer, (now named Hamish by Lily) into the ambulance and he was swiftly returned to The New Arc. On arrival he was thoroughly examined and whilst he had no broken bones he was severely concussed and temporarily blind. Something we see quite regularly with traffic accidents.

We are pleased to say that this morning Hamish was fighting fit, with sight returned and fully functional.

He was returned to his locality where the family helped with his release.
Thank you very much Dee, Blair and of course Lily for their quick thinking.

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4 days ago


Injured bird next to Waterside Inn, Peterhead if anybody can help by uplifting and transport to us please? ...

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5 days ago


Valentine’s Day proved rather exciting last week as The New Arc received it’s most unusual and rare visitor to date.
The fairly unassuming bird pictured below is a Slavonian Grebe sometimes known as a Horned Grebe.
The bird was rescued by Linda Milne after it was found lying outside a MacDonalds in Westhill covered in snow. The poor weather conditions had depleted the bird’s energy resulting in it being found frozen and exhausted well away from its usual habitat.

Fortunately Linda not only transported the weakened bird directly to The New Arc but also correctly identified it as a Slavenian Grebe despite our own doubts that it would prove to be something completely different and far less spectacular.

We are delighted to say that following a short period of R&R and a large consumption of small fish the now very lively bird has been released back to the sea where we hope it will decide to continue its migration and hopefully stay to expand the UK population.

Although up to several hundred overwinter here there are estimated to be a total of only 30 nesting pairs in the whole of the UK, all in Scotland making it one of the countries rarest nesting birds. The entire European population is estimated at less than 5000 and in severe decline due to habitat destruction. In summer the bird transforms from its rather drab winter appearance into an unrecognisable beauty with gorgeous plumage.

About the size of a Moorhen It has a variety of unusual traits, one of which is to regularly eat its own feathers. It is believed this forms a plug in its stomach and acts as a filter for fish bones until they can be digested. Parents have also been seen feeding feathers to their chicks.

Feeding on small fish and crustaceans the only records we could find regarding lifespan was that the oldest ringed bird ever found was 5 years old.

Let’s hope this one has a long and happy life 

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If you have any questions about animals, be it advice, or needing assistance with a rescue, please contact us either by telephone (0796 225 3867), Facebook, or contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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