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

2024 Wild Beach Walk

Join us in raising money for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with a walk on the dramatic stretch of beach between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. This popular fundraising walk is back for another year with options for all ages and abilities.

There are a couple of ways you can get involved. Either pay £5 for your place, or sign up for free and try to raise money with no minimum sponsorship. Everyone gets a free bottle of water and a finishing certificate.

This is a family-friendly event and sponsored dogs are very welcome. Fancy dress encouraged, let’s try to fill the beach with colourful and wacky outfits! If you want to fundraise as a group, you just need the lead person to register and let us know how many you’re bringing on the day.


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

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March update: The start of the baby bird season!

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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!

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November update: Prickly November

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SWWR team with lifesize animals

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

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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...