Oscar the Owl

Oxford Bird Rescue Charitable Trust

Oxford Bird Rescue is a rehabilitation dedicated facility in Canterbury (NZ) for Birds of Prey. We primarily work with Little Owls and Harrier Hawks (kāhu) as they are the two main raptors in our area but we also take in Morepork (Ruru) and New Zealand Falcon (Karearea). At this stage there are no Barn owl colonies in the South Island but that is also a bird we are able to work with. As we are a small, self funded husband and wife team we do not have the resources or manpower to collect birds so we do rely on people being able to bring them to us. We operate the shelter around our jobs so we do not have set hours but do try to make ourselves available as often as we can. Some birds will be cared for here while others will be passed on to the appropriate organisation depending on what they are and the circumstances. OBR looks to engage the local community in the work they do and encourage people to get involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release stages. We have been involved in animal welfare and conservation for a number of years and originally started in bird rescue volunteering at Canterbury Raptor Rescue back in 2011 rehabbing their owls. In 2016 Canterbury Raptor Rescue was taken over by Oxford Bird Rescue and the focus on all raptors was undertaken. We have contacts in a number of government and non government organisations that deal with animal welfare, bird rescue and conservation issues. OBR is a charitable trust and can offer tax receipts for financial donations if required. Any donations of food or equipment are also gladly accepted.

‘Kahu’ Swamp Harrier


Our primary form of contact is (021) 292-7861 (Scott) or (021) 995 912 (Tracey). The rescue is run around our jobs so we are not always able to answer calls but if you leave a message in relation to an injured raptor we will call you back as soon as we can.

Email and Facebook messages will be responded to but not always immediately so these are not advised forms of contact for emergency assistance.

There is also a list of other South Island bird rescues and wildlife hospitals at the bottom of the contact page.




Oxford Bird Rescue is run from our private property just out of Oxford we encourage people to call first to arrange dropping birds off as there is not always someone here. If you find a bird that has a severe injury we urge you to take it directly to your closest vet clinic or an after hours vet clinic, we are not vets and do not have the knowledge or equipment to treat major injuries. As we are a small, husband and wife team we do not have the resources or manpower to collect birds so we do rely on people being able to bring them to us. We are happy to offer advice as situations arise and in some circumstances where possible we will try to physically respond.

Who Are We?

Oxford Bird Rescue came about from a passion to help wild birds in need.

How Can I Help?

Oxford Bird Rescue is a non-profit organisation and values contributions to maintain it's upkeep.

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We wish to graciously acknowledge the following supporters and contributers;

Steel Art NZ      AS Wilcox & Sons Ltd      Compass FM      Vetlife New Zealand
Jackie Stevenson Bird Rescue      Dancing Owl Soaps      Oxford Vetlife      Signs Now Picton
Sunshine Soaps - New Zealand      Project Kereru      Zena's South Canterbury Bird Rescue
Vege'n Out Woodend      Safe4all NZ      McMaster & Heap Veterinary Practice      SPCA Canterbury
Mainpower      Red Lion Workshop      Waghorn Builders      Oxford Workingmens Club      Topflite
Oxford Fresh Choice      No Bull Host      Maximum Effect Signs