Rescue, rehabilitate, release

We are here 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife across the South-West of England. If you find an animal in need of urgent attention outside these hours please contact your nearest veterinary surgeon. We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters and receive no government funding; please consider making a donation to help save British wildlife.

Found an injured animal?

Please call our advice line on 01278 783250 if you have any concerns regarding injured wildlife before intervening. For more information, click below to read our ‘Wildlife Saver’ guide

Our new home

Secret World Wildlife Rescue is fundraising for the construction of a new wildlife treatment centre at our site in the heart of Somerset. The new building will allow us to continue our work saving orphaned and injured wildlife and further our reputation as a well-respected source of expertise and centre of excellence where all British wildlife receives the best possible care.

Please visit our dedicated appeal page to find out more and to contribute to this vital project.

What We Do

Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR) exists to relieve the suffering of British wildlife and to encourage respect and tolerance for wildlife. We do this by providing a rescue, rehabilitation and release service for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife; inspiring learning and sharing information about British wildlife and delivering professional training.

Adopt an Animal

Our adoptions make great presents all year round especially for those who are difficult to buy for. By adopting a wild species, either for yourself or as a gift for someone else, you will be helping to ensure injured, sick and orphaned wildlife will be cared for and treated and given the best chance of being released back into the wild.


We offer an extensive education programme and create resources for all levels, from schoolchildren to vets. Our aim is to inspire in people a love of wildlife and encourage them to protect it.

Covid-19 updates

We are here for wildlife despite the pandemic. Our work has been affected and we are doing our best to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. See how we’re responding to Covid-19 and find out how you can help.


Whether it’s an activity day on site, a wildlife talk, or a virtual fundraiser, there are lots of ways to get involved and find out more about our work. Click here to see all of our upcoming events and learning sessions.


Our work would not be possible without our amazing network of volunteers. We offer opportunities for all abilities, including animal care, maintenance and rescue drivers. Click here to see the many ways you can be part of our work.


January update: 12 Swans a Swimming!

12 swans a swimming! Through out the winter we get quite a few swans that have either lost their partners or juveniles being chased off lakes or rivers by their parents. This is because the parents will soon be mating and getting ready to brood their new family. These...

December update

Who has the right idea! December arrives and we are all so busy making sure that everything is organised ready for the special day. Things are very different out in the countryside. Badgers have put on weight with all the autumn fruits available to them and now is the...

Our 2021 Annual Auction is now live!

Last year we all had to adapt to new ways of living as the Covid-19 pandemic our lives in so many ways. So much of our fundraising had to be done online as we were unable to host events and see our supporters in person. Our 2020 auction was the first one we ever did...

The Last Push appeal for our new wildlife treatment centre

The last two years have been a real period of ups and downs but now it really does look as if life will eventually return to normal with maybe lessons as to what really is the most important thing in our lives. For us that has to be your health and the countryside...

Your August update from Secret World Wildlife Rescue

This time of year, it's all about the releases We mentioned these barn owlets in the last e-news. They are already in their soft release enclosure and will be back in the wild next week! These enclosures are built at release sites to give animals a chance to get used...

Can you pledge to help wildlife this winter?

One donation, twice the impact!Pledge today and your donation could be doubled. We're taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021, raising funds to help keep wildlife safe and warm this winter. If you can pledge to donate £100 or more this winter you could...

Summer raffle results

A huge thanks to everyone who bought tickets for our summer raffle! You helped raise £1,913 from ticket sales and donations, enough to feed around 200 garden birds during rearing and rehabilitation. All winners have been contacted by email so if you haven't heard from...

Our Summer Holidays raffle is now live!

We’ve put together a fantastic range of prizes to help you get out and make the most of the summer. We all deserve a little treat after everything that’s happened lately and we hope that this raffle can make up for the summer we lost in 2020. All prizes were kindly...

Our Pauline won an award!

Read about how our founder Pauline Kidner’s efforts were recognised at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards

New treatment centre update – April 2021

Spring is always a very busy time for us as it brings a large number of orphaned animals that need our care and attention. Orphans make up around 30-40% of our total admissions through Spring and Summer, so there are lots of little mouths to feed. This year is no...