May 2020

Casualties in Lockdown
We have been running on a skeleton team here at Secret World, but we still have a variety of larger animals on site, including Foxes, Badgers, Otters and Fawns and Birds of Prey.
Some of our volunteers are caring for orphaned wildlife and smaller species at home, including Mice, Rats, Voles, Nestling Birds, Corvids, Rabbits, Hoglets and a Leveret. We are so thankful that people are able to do this so that we can continue to rescue sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We are currently caring for over 200 animals and it’s going up all the time.  
Bonnie the Roe Fawn
Bonnie had a tough start to life! She was found in a rhyne near her sibling, that was sadly already dead. She came in weak and dehydrated but has made an amazing recovery, and is growing really fast. We did a live video with her on Facebook a few weeks ago which was a lovely chance for our supporters to see her and ask questions to Charlotte about her story and her cheeky character.
We did rescue another orphaned fawn because her mother was found dead and she was still visiting her, attempting to feed. She was here for 8 days and able to spend her time with Bonnie, but sadly passed away so Bonnie is on her own again.
She is in an outside enclosure now and loves being out in the long grass, listening to all the other animals around her.
Fox Cub update
We have 14 fox cubs on site now! They are all growing well and moving through the different stages of their rehabilitation.
We have two groups that are fully vaccinated and in their outside enclosures, plus two more groups still in their inside enclosures. One group is going to move in the next few days and the last little group will move after their second vaccinations.in two weeks. We are hoping to go live on Facebook with the fox cub move over the next few days, so if you follow us on there please keep an eye out for times, and you should receive a notification when we are ‘Live’. 
Sydney the Serotine
Sydney came in in December of 2019, he had an injured wing and was emaciated. It was very difficult to rehab him as he would not readily feed himself, so Katie had to feed him every day by hand until he got the hang of it. Heidi one of the vets at Quantock Veterinary Hospital informed us that he is an old bat, but that he still has some life in him yet. To ensure that he was fully fit and ready for release we have been putting him through flight training practice with positive reinforcement. Katie and Dan, animal carers have been working with bat expert Daniel Hargreaves getting him ready for release and monitoring his activity overnight. As he is a special case, we have decided to soft release him from Katies house as she does not live too far away from where he was found. He will be released over the weekend and Katie is going to monitor him with a bat detector and night vision camera in the evenings. Good Luck Sydney!

 

Pikachu the amazing Field Vole 
This amazing little field vole was found at a plastic recycling plant in Bridgwater. When they traced the crate he was found in they realised that he had come from Newton Abbot the day before.
Little Pikachu (named by the rescuer) had been on a huge journey, spent the night in the crate with its siblings, gone through the plastic milling process twice and somehow survived! Unfortunately the siblings didn’t make it through this trauma, but Little Pikachu is feeding well and will hopefully make it to release.
Leaving a gift in your will to help wildlife 
We are really pleased to have received a recent gift from a will, which means so much to us. They make up a large part of our income, and we rely on them to continue our work.
It is our pleasure to name pens or buildings in memory of the person who has given us the gift, and create a lasting tribute to our supporters. This is why we have the ‘Millie Block’ Building, which is name in memory of a little girl who lived locally and who lost her life in a tragic accident.
Most gifts in wills come from those with a love of wildlife, and often memories of Secret World too. If you are able to leave us a gift in your will, you can get more details from our website at: https://www.secretworld.org/legacies/  or please call Lesley or Pauline on 01278 768701. Thank you.

April 2020

Mange Brothers

Three male foxes have been rescued from a garden in Fishponds, Bristol. These were born last year and didn’t disperse, they’re all quite content living together and sharing gardens. When the call came in we weren’t sure if we would catch them all but we were able to after two weeks of trapping. Fox trapping can be quite complicated if it’s more than one fox so catching three is a great success, all caught by one dedicated volunteer with the support of the homeowner. One had to be treated with antibiotics on arrival because the wounds from the mange had become infected. Normally treating for mange takes around 2 weeks, they receive 3 injections, lots of food, rest and warmth for a quick recovery. They will all be released back to the area they know and love, hopefully they will have built up a natural immunity to mange now. Here is a picture of one of the foxes in the homeowners garden and how he looked nearly ready for release.
                                           

Tough Tawny Owl

This Tawny was trapped in netting in a garden in Frome. The people managed to free it and took it to the vets for them to check him and continue to free his legs. He was transferred to Secret World the same day. He is probably helping to rear chicks at this time of year so he needs to get back home quickly. His legs are still swollen so he will need a couple of days continued pain killers and we will try to release him back to his home at the end of the week.

Otter Update

The Otters are doing well, they’re fierce now! As soon as they moved from milk to fish they didn’t want people near them so that’s really positive. They have moved in too our outside otter pen this month where they have a nice big pool and we provide them with lots of enrichment because they’ll be in there for nearly a year. This is one of them with his nostrils flaring, trying to understand what’s happening. They have loved being outside in the lovely spring weather they’re enjoying their big pool every night.

Badger Badger Badger

We have three orphaned Badger cubs with us. They all came in from different places and were all in a bad way. They’re doing much better now. We have Marleen and Monty who are still drinking their milk from a bottle and we have Pip who’s on solid food. They’re living in the same room but in separate pens until they’ve have their TB tests, then they will be grouped and eventually released together.
 

Secret World during the current Covid-19 outbreak

 

****UPDATE****  30 March 2020

Following the government announcement on 23rd March 2020, we now have few staff working on site and are only able to accept very limited numbers of wildlife casualties. Please call us to discuss any sick, orphaned or injured wildlife you may be aware of: 01278 783250

The general advice at this time is that wildlife casualties should be taken to the nearest vets. Please call them beforehand.

***Telephone advice can also be offered for other non-emergency wildlife issues.***  01278 783250

 

During the current Covid-19 outbreak Secret World Wildlife Rescue will remain open to wildlife casualties as long as we have the staffing and funding to do so.

All our public fundraising and educational events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Many of our volunteers who typically pick up casualties are elderly and thus are unavailable. In these circumstances we ask you, whenever possible, to take injured, sick or orphaned wildlife to your nearest vets. If you have any concerns about infection, you won’t need to go inside: reception staff will go outside to pick up the animal. Always phone for advice beforehand.

Our donations of animal food have dropped off this week so we’d be very grateful for any that you can give us via our Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/25FXCUD82U3…/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v

Alternately animal food donations can be left in the SWWR bins at some local supermarkets if you are visiting those for grocery shopping.

The situation is changing on a daily basis so please check our website and Facebook page for further updates.

 

A Second Chance for Wildlife

Dear Friend

 

A Second Chance for Wildlife

In another couple of months Secret World will be buzzing with the arrival of the orphan season, from baby birds needing to be fed every hour during daylight to, even more tiring, baby mammals that need regular feeds through the night as well!

However, our Wildlife Release Manager, Jamie is already busy as it’s his job to find new homes for our orphans. Adult animals always go back to where they came from but orphans would naturally have to find new territories. Can you help us ensure that there will be homes ready for the orphans? Can you help us keep Jamie on the road with the costs of running our 4 x 4 animal ambulance? We also need the right equipment, such as catching nets, badger cages or wood and netting which is necessary to build new temporary pens.

 

Jamie’s work starts months before the animals arrive at Secret World because release sites for deer, foxes, badgers and otters have to be surveyed and prepared. This is done during the winter months when all the vegetation has died back and it is possible to see tracks and signs of animals that live within the territory. For badgers, this is really important as we cannot release them where other badgers are already living.. It may be that the site is suitable for badgers but it doesn’t contain a disused badger sett or old rabbit warren that the badgers can dig out to make their new home. If this is the case then an artificial sett needs to be created by the Secret World release team and allowed to mature through the summer months, ready to be a suitable home when it is needed in the autumn.

 In the summer and the autumn we need to have temporary aviaries and enclosures in the release locations to move casualties out to once they are in good condition, to enable them to become fit and ready for release. Without these temporary release pens, it means that we would soon  become full on our site and would be unable to take in any further injured or orphaned animal admissions. Also, extra costs for feeding and care are incurred when animals stay on site longer than necessary, so it’s really important to have release sites ready early in the year

  Once ready for release back into the wild, we have to create temporary ‘soft release’ enclosures for foxes and deer to enable them to get used to their new environment before they are given their freedom. Once fully released, they also know that they can return to these enclosures for food that is supplied by Secret World or the landowner until they become self-sufficient. Similarly, pop up aviaries are used as temporary ‘soft release’ enclosures for garden birds and birds of prey. These fold-down to be transported  to the release site, but we always need more of these to ensure birds are released  as quickly as possible. 

 

 

We have found from post release monitoring that this kind of ‘soft release’ is the most successful way of returning our casualties to the wild. It is a safer way of giving them second chance. Please can you help us prepare safe homes for all our orphans this coming year?

 

With best wishes

 

 

 

 

 

Pauline Kidner

Charity Founder and Advisor

P.S. If you are able to donate £1000 and would like to speak  to me personally about how this money would  be used please telephone 01278 786701. . If you believe you may have suitable land for a release of orphans, please let Jamie know on 07488589959

 

 

Charity Shop Volunteers Required

Would you like to help raise funds for Secret World?

We are currently looking for volunteers to help out at our Charity Shop in Burnham-on-Sea. Various shifts required and training provided.

 

The role will involve merchandising and displays, operating the till and assisting customers with purchases.

If you have an interest in retail and are a good communicator we would love to hear from you.

 

Please visit https://www.secretworld.org/volunteer/ to download an application form or call 01278 768703 to speak to Clare Davies.

 

 

New Year Thank Yous 2019!

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the dip in the sea, and everyone who sponsored one of our team.

Seven fundraisers, Pauline, Katie, Jamie, Paul, Thomas, Gemma and Caroline managed to raise £1,000 for us, to help the animals in our care, by getting into the cold water at Lyme Regis on 30th December.

 

We would also like to thank everyone who donated towards our shoe box appeal, we had in excess of 50 boxes, all with some amazing goodies in for the animals.

 

EU Regulation 1143/2014 the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019

EU Regulation 1143/2014 the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 will come into force on 28 March 2019, a day before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. This Regulation will prevent the keeping and release of non-indigenous ‘Alien Species’ such as grey squirrels and muntjac deer.

 

At present Natural England issues licences to allow for these animals to be kept and released in areas of England where they pose no threat to native species. This system has worked well for many years. Most large wildlife rescue centres in the south of England are licensed to treat and release, once healthy, set numbers of these animals, many of which are orphans, rescued by concerned members of the public. At the end of March however, under the new EU system, all rescue centres and veterinary surgeons in the UK will be required to euthanise animals bought to them. The result will be that any member of the public who finds a grey squirrel, muntjac deer or other ‘alien species’ and takes it to a centre will either be turned away, or the animal will be euthanised, no matter how healthy it is.

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Don’t Forget About Vulnerable Wildlife this Bonfire Night

If you are having a bonfire this weekend, make sure you check for hidden wildlife before you strike a match, says one of the UK’s leading animal rescue charities.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue  is urging people to take two minutes out of their day when building a bonfire to think about any wildlife that could be lurking in heaps of wood and debris, particularly if the bonfire has been sitting about for a week or two.

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Leverets Set to be Let Loose in the Wild Again

  

Half a dozen leverets are nearly ready to be released after being nursed back to health by animal care experts at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, Somerset.

The group of six baby hares is made up of four siblings and two other leverets rescued separately by the animal charity. The four baby leverets were originally rescued after they were found next to the body of their dead mother.

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