Corvid Dawn Wild Bird Rescue Sanctuary

Aimee Wallis from Corvid Dawn Wild Bird Rescue Sanctuary is well known across England as a corvid specialist but she will rescue all British wild birds including song birds, pirds of prey, waterfowl and pigeons.  Aimee has been running the sanctuary for 7 years and specialising in releasing birds back into the wild by reverse imprinting (see below). They receive about 1,000 enquiries from the public every year who have found injured birds in the wild or have pet birds they can’t look after any more. 

June 2023 Alert




Reverse Imprinting

Aimee specialises in reversing imprinted birds that have been tamed to rehabilitate them back into the wild. This involves a lengthy period of reducing human contact and increasing contact with the other birds in her aviary.

She also offers long term care for birds that need more time to recover or are old and need somewhere safe to live for the rest of their lives.


This female blackbird called Thelma was rescued from a cat and brought to Aimee when she was a new fledgling at a week old.

Aimee hand-fed her and gave her antibiotics until she was ready to live in the aviary with her sister Louise.

The period in the aviary is important for the birds to break the bond with humans before they are released back into the wild.

Thelma and Louise have now been successfully returned to the wild.


About Corvids

Corvids have an important role to play in our eco system as pest controllers. A crow family can eat 40,000 grubs, caterpillars, armyworms and other insects in one nesting season. That’s a lot of insects many gardeners and farmers consider pests. They clear carcasses, speeding up decomposition, preventing bacteria and disease.  These good environmental citizens also transport and store seeds, thus contributing to forest renewal. Jays in particular are the main reason for diversity in most woodlands around the UK.

Corvids also tend to mirror the intelligence of humans more so than other animals, recognising faces and emotions, solving puzzles and using tools. They have an extraordinary capacity for empathy between themselves corvids and also extending to other species. It’s the reason wolves and ravens work well as a hunting team. They will show compassion for other species such as a malnourished squirrel by feeding it or showing other species there are food sources.

Most surprising of all they will do something that no other bird species will do as far as we can tell and that is raise their young despite imperfections, such as blindness, calcium issues or even a deformity. Song birds will push out an egg, or a new born as soon as signs of these issues begin. But corvids are far more emotionally invested and can not reject their young.

When you care for a corvid there’s a much deeper bond and understanding between you and the bird.

How You Can Help

If you can help, please donate here or by PayPal to

Contact Details

Aimee Wallis
07533 070155

Interviews with Aimee

For more about Aimee’s work and her advice about fledglings please listen to these radio interviews with her:

Aimee Wallis on protecting young birds in the spring

Aimee Wallis on rescuing fledglings during lockdown


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