Avian influenze update - 20/03/2022

We regret to inform that currently, due to a potential local outbreak of Avian Influenza, we are unable to attend or admit seabirds, waders and waterfowl until further notice because of the increased Avian flu risk and the need to protect both wild and our resident birds already on site. If you come across a sick or injured seabird, wader or waterfowl please call the RSPCA on 03001234999, or for dead or sick captive birds call DEFRA notifiable disease number 03000 200301, please do not touch, pick up, or transport them. We are happy, as always, to give advice so do feel free to call our regular number 01278 783250.

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

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.


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.


Enter our Autumn raffle today!

You could win up to £500 while helping give sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife a second chance at life. Enter by 1st December 2022 for your chance to win one of seven cash prizes. Entry costs £1 per chance First prize: £500 Second prize: £250 Third prize: £100 Two...

November update: Holly and the Ivy

Both of these plants that we connect to Christmas are very much valued by wildlife, although we tend to use them for decoration. The common European holly is often considered by Christians to be an emblem of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus with the berries...

October update: Spines and Stripes

Spines and Stripes It is definitely hedgehog season with lots of baby hedgehogs filling our orphan room. As we get to Autumn, adult hedgehogs that have had late litters sometimes decide to desert their babies. It is more important for the mother to find enough food to...

Renovating our Otter Enclosure appeal

In 2007 three tiny otter cubs, Splish, Splash and Splosh, arrived at Secret World on January 1st. With your help we were able to build a new otter pen with a large otter pond which has now been used for many otter cubs over the last 15 years.This enclosure now needs...

September update: The smallest baby

The autumn fruits and berries are welcome to all the animals hoping to put on weight or makes stores ready for the winter. With such a hot summer many trees and shrubs will not be bearing such large quantities as normal, so any food that we can supplement in our...

July update: A rescue that was a ‘trifle’ exciting!

A call to Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill over the weekend was received from a local firm that makes desserts. A greedy herring gull was attracted to a container of waste jam and custard and managed to dive in before the lid was closed. A member of our...

June update: Ravens at Secret World (Corvus corax)

We rarely get Ravens at Secret World but this year we have four juveniles. They are members of the corvid family but are much larger than their cousins. Ravens are incredibly intelligent and are on par with chimpanzees and dolphins. Capable of solving problems to...

May update: The orphan Season has started!

This year has had a very quiet start to the season. Our first fox cub arrived having been brought by a dog to its owners in a field. The cub was only a few days old and despite surveying the field, it was impossible to see where it had come from. Luckily the dog was a...

Thanks for an egg-cellent Easter open weekend!

Wow! We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to our open Easter open event. Together, we have raised £13,500! Your overwhelming support will make a huge difference to the animals in our centre, especially the 267 animals we have already taken in so...

Off-road truck appeal

Many of you will know that we have our own Release Coordinator who searches for release sites for the orphans that come through our doors. It means that most of our orphans go to new homes by first going into temporary aviaries or enclosures to get used to their...