Secret World Issues Plastic Warning to Public

A leading animal charity in the South West is warning the public about the dangers plastic materials pose to animals.

After a recent spike in animal admissions with plastic-related injuries, Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, Somerset, is calling for the public to use outdoor plastic materials in a responsible and animal-friendly way.

Over the last month, the charity has rescued three animals with life threatening injuries sustained by plastic materials – a badger, a hedgehog and a heron.

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Secret World Celebrates Volunteers’ Week

Secret World is celebrating the contributions of its volunteer network for Volunteers’ Week, which begins today.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, Somerset has a team of over 350 volunteers who assist the charity with fundraising, animal care and rescue, administration and laundry, amongst many other tasks.

As a charity with limited funds, the team at Secret World are reliant on the dedication of its volunteers, all of whom donate their time for free. The charity shop in Burnham-on-Sea has 12 volunteers alone!

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Secret World Wildlife Rescue Seeks New Friends

Secret World Wildlife Rescue in the South West is seeking new friends and supporters through its latest initiative to help it raise more money.

As the demand for animal rescue has increased over the last 25 years, Secret World Wildlife Rescue is starting a new Friendship Circle to help it meet the increasing costs of rescuing over 5,000 animals each year. The charity, based in East Huntspill, Somerset, is wholly reliant on the generosity of its supporters.

The new friendship circle aims to keep its supporters better informed in return for committed financial support. The initiative is being led by the charity’s founder Pauline Kidner.

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Secret World Wildlife Rescue Set to Star in Hit BBC Show

 

A leading animal rescue charity in the South West is set to feature in the new series of Countryfile Diaries on BBC One next week.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, Somerset, which is wholly reliant on the generosity of its supporters, hosted a film crew from the hit television show in April.

A BBC team spent four days filming with us following casualty arrivals, feeding and health checks and Countryfile Spring Diaries’ presenter Margherita Taylor, got first-hand experience of the intensive work that the charity’s animal carers do to look after wildlife casualties, which are rescued from across the South West.

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Snap Your Way to a Prize in Secret World’s Photo Competition

 

Snap Your Way to a Prize in Secret World’s Photo Competition

Have you taken a snap of an  otter or a picture of an  owl recently? If so, you could be in with a chance of winning top prize in a wildlife photo competition hosted by Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

Television presenter and Secret World patron Chris Packham is inviting animal supporters to submit their favourite wildlife pictures in aid of the charity.

Chris, who presents wildlife programmes on the BBC, will judge the competition entries at the end of this month.

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Government moves to extend cull could prove lethal for two celebrity badgers

Fears are growing for two hand-reared badgers who appeared on a popular BBC TV show on Saturday 17th March, following moves to extend the badger cull on to land near their release site.

Gnat and Bumblebee appeared on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s BBC2 show Hugh’s Wild West . They were filmed last year while being cared for by staff and volunteers at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre in East Huntspill, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases British wildlife that has been abandoned and injured. Following the responsible protocol for the rehabilitation of badgers, the cubs were tested 3 times, a month apart, for Bovine TB and were negative.

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Hugh’s Wild West and Secret World’s badger cubs

Secret World’s badger cubs get starring role on BBC 2

Meet Bumblebee and Gnat, two badger cubs we looked after last year. Gnat came to Secret World last May, weighing just over 500g, a quarter of the size he should have been. Although small for his age, he soon became friends with another badger cub Bumblebee and they had many hours of rough and tumble fun together, Gnat holding his own against his larger friend! Both were joined by another two cubs and successfully released as a family unit last last summer.
See them on Hugh’s Wild West (aired at 6pm Saturday on BBC2) with River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. 

Surprise Baby Bat Born at Secret World

Staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill were surprised when one of the bats in their care gave birth.

The pipistrelle bat has been in the care of Secret World since December and was brought in having been disturbed from hibernation and found to be severely underweight – too underweight to be released immediately.

While the bat was recovering, staff were surprised by how many mealworms she was eating – double the amount for a bat her size and sex.

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Legacy Day to Encourage Donations to Wildlife Charity

Following the successful launch of its Make a Will Week last year, Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset has partnered up with three local law firms to host a Legacy Day on Saturday 10th March.

In preparation for Secret World’s Make a Will Week (9th to 13th April), supporters are being invited to attend a Legacy Day to learn more about writing wills. Secret World will be serving cream teas and other refreshments throughout the afternoon and there will also be opportunities for visitors to meet the resident wildlife and hear about the work the charity does.

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