Meet Our Team

Kerstin Voigt

Kerstin Voigt

Kerstin is one of the two cofounders of Wild Bird Aid, also previously known as Wight Nature Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. She originally trained in Germany as a doctor and holds also a degree in Public Health. During her time as a full time mum of three boys, and due to her ever increasing interest in nature and wildlife, Kerstin acquired the degree of a Marine Biologist, trained as a Marine Mammal Medic for BDMLR and as a Marine Mammal Surveyor for ORCA and JNCC. Since Kerstin and her husband Stephan met 30 years ago, she became more and more involved and gained a wealth of experience in wild bird rescue and co founded eventually Wild Bird Aid together with Claire Newsome. Kerstin is a Wild Bird Aid trustee and works now unpaid and voluntarily full time for Wild Bird Aid.


Claire Newsome

Claire Newsome

Claire has been interested in wildlife and nature since childhood and has saved many animals' lives over the years. However, rescuing a badly injured pigeon on the Isle of Wight 5 years ago changed her life, when she took the bird to Stephan and Kerstin. After meeting them, she trained as a volunteer rescuer at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, and worked at Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue for two years, also volunteering for Wight Nature Wildlife and Rehabilitation. Claire holds a degree in Art History and Philosophy, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art History, and in the past has worked mainly in the arts and culture sector, including London Arts Board and the Natural History Museum. She is a trustee for Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue and has co-founded Wild Bird Aid in 2016 together with Kerstin. Claire is a Wild Bird Aid trustee and works now unpaid and voluntarily full time for Wild Bird Aid.


Stephan Voigt

Stephan Voigt

Stephan trained together with Kerstin as a doctor in Germany and works after finishing his specialisation as a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport since 2002. He holds a doctoral degree and is about to finish his training as an Advanced Marine Mammal Medic for BDMLR and is already a trained and very well experienced Marine Mammal Surveyor for ORCA. Stephan is the Isle of Wight Area Coordinator for BDMLR and holds a Diploma in Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation, but has also undertaken various other courses. Stephan is involved in bird rescue since age 10 and has ever since gained a lot of experience and knowledge working alongside various wildlife rescues and institutions in the country. Stephan works as an unpaid part time volunteer for Wild Bird Aid due to his full time work commitments.


Wild Bird Aid Mission Statement

Wild Bird Aid is an Isle of Wight based vegan run wild bird rescue. Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately release wild birds back into their natural home environment. Our rehabilitation programme is based around the “Good Practice Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres” published by the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) and is tailored around the individual needs of the animal concerned, which does not only include species specific nutrition, but also a dedicated hospital, rehabilitation and release aviary setup.

We are seeing ethical veganism and holistic non-violence as a moral position that opposes violence as well as the exploitation of human and nonhuman sentient beings. At the heart of this approach is the respect for all sentient beings, who should not be regarded as objects for us to use. Therefore we are strictly against speciesism, meaning the moral discrimination against certain individuals based on their membership to a particular species, similar to racism or sexism.

Feral Pigeon Bianca

We are here to help any native bird in need of help, regardless of their species. We aim to achieve highest standards of care and will always give careful thought to every individual case to ensure that the animal in question is not suffering whilst being in our care and after being released. We have very close links and excellent work relationships with renowned and experienced wildlife rescues, which are willing to assist us in cases beyond our capability or experience. We are also closely guided in this respect by experienced veterinary surgeons.

Another important aspect of our work ethic is to offer advice, education and guidance regarding prevention of injury and disease to wild birds. Prevention is better than cure, and a seemingly small effort can have a big impact on wild bird casualty numbers and can also reduce the financial strain put onto the mainly voluntarily run sector of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. We will address generally acknowledged problems like the impact of free roaming cats on wildlife or the consequences of the racing pigeon industry by using an objective science and fact based approach. This approach is a key tool in our work helping to protect and to save the lives of wild animals as well as of our beloved pet cats or pigeons.

Wild Bird Aid - Registered Charity No. 1170857