We always aim to return animals to where they came from. With adult animals this is usually the case. Once rehabilitated, the animal is returned and released. This is referred to as a hard release.

Rescued orphans often require more attention. The rearing and rehabilitation process means that they are with us for longer and must be gradually introduced to living and feeding independently in the wild. This requires a soft release.

Soft releases involve finding a suitable site where we construct a temporary pen. The animals will spend a few weeks in this pen whilst being provisioned with food. The pen will then be opened but remain in place for another week, allowing the animals to leave gradually. During this phase we continue to provide support food whilst monitoring the animals on their final transition into the wild.

Can you help?

We are always looking for potential release sites. If you have some land and are interested in helping wildlife in need, we’d love to hear from you.

We see a huge variety of wildlife through our doors, so no matter how big or small your land might be, it may well be suitable for something. If you think you might be able to help or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can contact our release coordinator, Jamie at Jamie.kingscott@secretworld.org

Alternatively give us a call on 01278 783250
or fill out our contact form below.

Potential Release Site

If you think your land might be suitable for releases, tell us about it below. The more information you can provide, the better idea we can have as to what it might be suitable for. Our release coordinator will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
  • e.g. woodland, pasture, lake, mixed
  • If a full address is not available, the nearest post code will be helpful.
  • We need the permission of the landowner to undertake a release.
  • Please give us as much detail as you can about which species you know to be present, whereabouts they are, etc.
  • If so, please give some more information such as which species were released and when.
  • Animals will require feeding throughout their time in the release pen and for up to a week afterwards. For some species this will involve dead chicks. Food will be provided by Secret World Wildlife Rescue.
  • The name of you and/or the land owner.