Avian Influenza notice – updated 22/06/2023

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 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

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.

EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WILDLIFE SAVERS

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.

SUPPORT WILDLIFE

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.

EVENTS

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.

VOLUNTEER

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.

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