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.


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...

Joint statement on captive breeding of hedgehogs in response to population decline

Secret World Wildlife Rescue was asked to add its support to a joint statement released this week on captive breeding of hedgehogs in response to population decline, alongside the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and the...

Our Feathered Friends appeal

Last year, in 2020, we had to adapt in order to be able to carry on caring for wildlife during the pandemic. The lockdown meant that many of our volunteers who were either shielding or over 70 were not able to come in. We also had to reduce our staff by furloughing...

THANK YOU to all our loyal supporters!

  THANK YOU to all our loyal supporters On behalf of all at Secret World, please accept our most sincere thanks to everyone who continued to support us during these difficult months. Because of you, and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, we’ve been able to...

Wild Blog – May/June 2019

The busy season is well under way now, so please excuse us for not updating the blog for a while – we’ve all been far too busy! There’s been so much going on, here are a few of the highlights since our last blog post.   Open Weekends In May we had two very...

Wild Blog – April 2019

Over the past few weeks, Secret World has become gradually busier as new orphans come through our door every day. On top of tending the other casualties which come to us, as well as preparing for our upcoming events, our staff and volunteers have been working...

Wild Blog – March 2019

Spring begins this week and the orphan season is getting underway – albeit slowly. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some interesting cases, including our first cubs of the year, and some happy returns to the wild.       First fox cubs Our first orphan...