Avian Influenza notice – updated 13/12/2022

We regret to inform that currently we are still 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.


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April update: April showers

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Enter our Spring raffle and help wildlife orphans

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Easter Fun Days CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to our car park field  being waterlogged, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our Easter Fun Days. We’re very sad as we couldn’t wait to see you all, but we’ve exhausted all our options and it’s not possible to go ahead without a place to...

March update: Frog or toad?

Frog or Toad? As soon as we get those lovely sunny days with the promise of spring, toads are on the move! Once the temperature rises above 5c, they become active preferring to move on wet, non-windy weather. Because they return to the pond that they were originally...

February update: Mother’s Day

This is the day that occurs in March when we thank our Mum for all that she has done for us. It’s slightly different these days as most mothers will still be working whereas in the last century, she was the person who stayed at home, kept the house tidy, cooked all...

Baby Shower for our Orphans appeal

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Multiple swan deaths due to new power lines

Warning: article contains graphic images Secret World Wildlife Rescue are very sorry to report that at least 5 swans have been killed on the new power lines in Mark that were recently installed. The power lines started to be replaced last year from Hinkley Point...

January update: Highs and lows of wildlife care

A telephone call from a Badger Group made us aware of a lactating otter being found dead on the road on a Friday. In the same way as they would start searching for badger cubs, the members were out talking to people and asking if any cubs had been seen or heard. A...

Autumn raffle results

A big thank you to everyone who entered our autumn raffle! We're pleased to announce that your entries and generous additional donations raised a total of £3,881.20 for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.   This was our first time running a 'hybrid' raffle -...