Avian Influenza notice – reviewed 17/04/2024

Due to the ongoing avian influenza epidemic we currently have very limited ability to deal with gulls, as well as other seabirds and waterfowl. Enquiries regarding a sick or injured gull chick, our wildlife care department may be able to offer assistance. We are however at this time unable to assist with healthy gull chicks that are simply in the wrong place. This is a very difficult situation for us. but we have to consider the consequences that an infected bird would have for all other animals on site.  Like everyone else we hope this situation changes soon. Your understanding is much appreciated.

Rescue, rehabilitate, release

We are here 365 days a year to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife across the south-west of England. Our Reception is open 6am till midnight, with out-of-hours advice available by phone. 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

Make Do and Mend Appeal

Our rehabilitation building is in urgent need of repairs. Can you help us get it ready for this year’s orphans and casualties?

Worn tiles need replacing with concrete floors for easy cleaning and better drainage. New windows need fitting to provide ventilation and natural light. A dehumidifier system will prevent damp in the colder months.

This vital work needs to be done this Spring before the building is needed for the hundreds of animals we expect to help every month. Please help with the repairs by supporting our “Make Do and Mend” appeal.


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.


Your donations and support help give sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife a second chance at life in the wild. Whether it’s a gift in your will, a donation of dog food, or a one-off cash donations, there are lots of ways to help. Click here to find out more.


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.


David’s 24-hour line dance challenge

Another year, another fundraising challenge! Find out what I’m getting up to on 27th April and how you can get involved.

April update: Natures Miracles

The start of spring, and all arounds us the miracle of life takes place – often without us being aware. From a chrysalis emerging from the soil as a butterfly, hedgehogs and dormice coming out of hibernation ready to mate, to the sounds of different species of birds...

March update: The start of the baby bird season!

The Blackbird is usually the first of our garden birds that start to nest from early March onwards. That’s why they herald that season for us and as soon as it arrives, we know within a few months we will be in the middle of the ‘silly season’ with hundreds of mouths...

February update: Beavering around!

Well, it was bound to happen and a couple of months ago we had two otters reported in a overflow drain. One of our staff went to look at the problem and was surprised to find two juvenile beavers! Using a net, he was able to catch both beavers and return with them in...

January update: 2024 – The Year to Volunteer

With so many increases in prices, it is hard to think of helping charities by giving donations no matter what their aims and objectives are. However maybe you have some time to spare and that is invaluable to all charities? If you are able to volunteer a few hours...

December update: Don’t Forget Wildlife!

Don’t forget wildlife! It’s easy to forget wildlife with all the preparations for Christmas. It is an exciting time with many social visits as well as the constant worry of affording presents and even being able to send Christmas cards with the increase of postage...

November update: Prickly November

Prickly November It’s that time of year that animal lovers worry about their hedgehogs. Females who have had a late birth of hoglets will sometimes desert them as there is little time for them to get up to hibernation weight of 600gms. It is more important for them to...
SWWR team with lifesize animals

SWWR 2023 Auction and Ball – A night ‘Down Under’

Our annual Auction and Ball took place on 21st October at the beautiful Webbington Hotel and Spa. With a theme of ‘Down Under in Australia’, as well as guests in black ties and ball gowns, we welcomed surfer dudes, Miss Australia, and cassowaries through the doors of...

October update: Unusual Casualty

  Unusual casualty We do sometimes get call outs to unusual animals, but this was a normal phone call about a badger that was in a shed.  We sent one of our Response Drivers to go and catch it up and bring it back to be assessed. Normally an animal in an unusual...

Intensive Care Kennels Appeal

We need multi-use intensive care kennels for our Badger Room. Can you help?  Aster, one of this year's orphaned badger cubsIt’s been another tough year for wildlife. While the weather has been much better for them, animals are facing more threats than ever...