Virtual Easter Challenge – Gardening

Our Easter Weekend is usually the biggest fundraiser that we hold on site. We try to make it interesting and interactive for you and your family to enjoy. Sadly, we won’t be able to welcome you all on site this Easter but we have come up with some fun challenges. Some that you can complete on your own and some, such as the gardening challenge, with your family.  Please note, we do not receive the £5 sign up fee for these so we’d really appreciate it if you could raise some sponsorship money for us. This can be donated through our website.

https://www.realbuzz.com/virtual-events/155/

 

Available: 10th Apr 2020 – 18th Apr 2020

Can you dodge the April showers and complete 26 hours of gardening between 11 – 18 April whilst helping British Wildlife at the same time. Track your progress and win a virtual medal  and certificate if you complete the hours.

 

We would love to take this opportunity to make more gardens wildlife friendly in the UK. Here are some ideas;

Dig a pond

Make a hedgehog highway in your fences

Build your own hedgehog shelter and feeding station

Build your own bird boxes or feeders

Start a compost heap

Make a bat box

Make bug boxes
 

Ask your friends and family to sponsor you for Secret World Wildlife Rescue, and win a Secret World virtual medal and certificate.

We would normally hold an Open Weekend over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. This raises vital funds for our charity and gives us a chance to meet all our wonderful supporters. Sadly we are unable to hold this event due to the Covid-19 pandemic but you can still help to support wildlife at our centre and in your own back garden through our virtual challenges and sponsorships. We are continuing to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife at our centre in Highbridge, Somerset.

#TeamSWWR

 

If you need ideas or support please get in touch with charlotte.wroe@secretworld.org. All money raised can be donated through our website please reference what challenge you’re taking part in.

FAQS

Virtual Easter Challenge – Skipping

Our Easter Weekend is usually the biggest fundraiser that we hold on site. We try to make it interesting and interactive for you and your family to enjoy. Sadly, we won’t be able to welcome you all on site this Easter but we have come up with some fun challenges. Some that you can complete on your own and some, such as the gardening challenge, with your family.  Please note, we do not receive the £5 sign up fee for these so we’d really appreciate it if you could raise some sponsorship money for us. This can be donated through our website.

https://www.realbuzz.com/virtual-events/154/

Available: 9th Apr 2020 – 18th Apr 2020

In the spirit of spring and the warmer weather, we would like to invite our younger supporters to take part in an active outdoor challenge.  Can you complete 90 minutes of skipping between 11 – 18 April? Track your progress on a timer and send us a picture of the clock and a picture of you completed with your skipping rope. The first child to complete this challenge will appear in our Autumn Newsletter Wildlives.

Ask your friends and family to sponsor you for Secret World Wildlife Rescue, and win a Secret World virtual medal and certificate.

We would normally hold an Open Weekend over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. This raises vital funds for our charity and gives us a chance to meet all our wonderful supporters. Sadly we are unable to hold this event due to the Covid-19 pandemic but you can still help to support wildlife at our centre and in your own back garden through our virtual challenges and sponsorships. We are continuing to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife at our centre in Highbridge, Somerset.

#TeamSWWR

 

Please get in touch with charlotte.wroe@secretworld.org if you need any help with this challenge. All money raised can be donated through our website please reference what challenge you’re taking part in.

FAQS

Easter Cake Challenge

Show us your homemade Easter Cakes by entering our competition.
You have the pleasure of eating them yourselves.
One of our fabulous patrons Valerie Singleton will be judging this competition.
Entries close Tuesday 14th April
Winner announcement Saturday 18th April
£2 per picture
Pay via PayPal – trading@secretworld.org
You can also pay via the Website donation button
Send all pictures to charlotte.wroe@secretworld.org

THANK YOU to all our loyal supporters!

 

THANK YOU to all our loyal supporters
On behalf of all at Secret World, please accept our most sincere thanks to everyone who continued to support us during these difficult months. Because of you, and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, we’ve been able to keep our doors open for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife every day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the lockdown in March, we admitted close to 2,000 animals and helped hundreds more by providing telephone advice about caring for wildlife casualties to members of the public and veterinary practices when people were unable to travel to bring animals into Secret World.

We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has continued to send in donations, participated in our virtual fundraising events, bid on our online auctions, or even just sent in messages of support to keep up our morale. We’ve been able to care for wildlife that needs our help because people like you have continued to remember Secret World Wildlife Rescue throughout these difficult months. Thank you so much for your support.

Lesley (CEO), Pauline (Charity Founder), Laura (Head of Animal Care) and all the SWWR team
July 2020

 

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.

 

 

Wild Blog, Part 25

World Animal Day 2018

This social movement has been raising awareness of the need to raise global animal welfare standards. T.V’s Chris Packham is getting behind the event and challenging wildlife lovers to raise money for British wildlife. As one of the south wests biggest wildlife charities we too are supporting World Animal Day. Chris Packham, one of our patrons commented “Secret World is caring for British Wildlife in an amazing way. They are wonderful people doing wonderful things”. We are asking for support to get us through what is looking like being a busy Winter period. As little as £3 will feed a poorly bird and every penny counts. The challenge made by the television presenter comes after one of our long standing supporters completed a 1600mile motorcycle journey in aid of Secret World. Robin Seymour visited 26 Harley Davidson dealerships around England, Wales and Scotland. Robins challenge took him from Surrey to Scotland and back to our centre in East Huntspill. To donate to Robins challenge, visit his just giving page ‘Robin Seymour Ironhog 2018’.

Manx Shearwater

Two of the incredible seabirds and rare inland visitors have been brought to Secret World over the past few days. These enigmatic birds are ocean wanderers, mating for life, they usually only come to land to breed on grassy clifftop slopes but breeding season is over making their arrival especially unusual. The bird was collected by one of our volunteer response drivers and when it arrived at our centre created quite a stir. Amazingly, the very next day another Manx Shearwater was found when it walked in to a house in Taunton. Spending most of their lives at sea, these birds have not developed a fear of humans so the homeowner would likely have had quite a shock.

Both birds were assessed at Secret World, stabilised and then transferred to RSPCA West Hatch where they have special facilities for sea birds. Animal carer Dan Bryant said “It was amazing to see the birds but right that we should pass them on to West Hatch who have experience of these incredible birds”.

Whiskered Bat.

This beautiful small bat was found clinging on to the grill of a car. This amazing and usual sight must have been a shock for the kindly person who alerted us to it. These little bats were only identified as a separate species in 1970 and news of its arrival spread quickly through our team. The bat is now being cared for by our animal carers. Look out for next weeks blog to get an update on its progress.

Cirque de Secret World

Dont forget that our circus themed ball and auction is next week on 13th October. This is sure to be a great night with life music and entertainment. See our website for details.

Wild Blog, Part 24

Injured Swan Gets The Help It Needs

A swan which had been unable to eat has been brought in to Secret World to receive the care it needs. A member of public spotted the bird at Portishead Nature Reserve who saw that it appeared hungry and distressed so it was brought in to the centre to be assessed. The lump was found to be grass or mud after being removed by the animal carers and the swan was then given fluids to rehydrate before being out in a pen to recuperate from its ordeal. Once he is fit enough he will be released back where he was found, whenever possible animals are released back where they are found as it is familiar and they will be easily able to access food and water. In 2017 Secret World treated 212 water birds.

Gannet in Distress

Another water bird which has been admitted to us this week is a Gannet which had been blown in land from the coast in the recent stormy weather. Luckily, a homeowner spotted the unusual garden visitor grounded and in need of help. The bird was brought in to our centre to be assessed and was found to be cold and wet but with no obvious injuries so was given fluids and warmed up, he was then put in a pen to get some rest. Once the gannet was fit enough he was transferred to to West Hatch RSPCA who had other birds he could mix with in their pre-release facilities. Once he is fit and healthy he he will be released back by the sea.

Hoglets

Three tiny and helpless baby hedgehogs are being hand reared by one of our volunteers after sadly being abandoned by their mother. The tiny hoglets had been cowering under a shed, one baby had crawled out in search of its mother who was nowhere to be seen and after being spotted by the homeowner Secret World were alerted. They were brought straight to us and were found to have no injuries but were far too tiny to fend for themselves.Volunteer Jenny Warring is now caring for the trio off site which enables her to feed them every few hours around the clock. It is vital they put on enough weight before they are released to allow them to hibernate through the winter months, if they are arent able to they will stay in Secret Worlds hedgehog hotel “Hogwarts” until spring when they will be released when the weather is warmer. Currently Secret World is caring for 50 Hedgehogs but this number is expected to swell as Autumn and Winter are testing times for these declining animals.

BREAKING NEWS

A tawny owl which had been treated here at Secret World and was about to be released back in to the wild has been found to be suffering from an eye ulcer. Its release was delayed while a vet examined the owl which has now been given the all clear.

The Wild Blog, part 23

It is really important that we have suitable sites to release wildlife once they have made a full recovery. With this in mind we were delighted when local holiday resort Unity dedicated a piece of woodland on their site to us for releases. Pre-release pens and aviaries have been constructed in the woodland and a new hide has been built so visitors can engage with the woodland wildlife. We are always looking for sites which are suitable for releasing the wild animals that have successfully completed their rehabilitation. We always aim to release adult animals to the spot they were found where food and water supplies are familiar, but orphaned animals have to be released to a new location. Our release manager Jamie Kingscott said “This year we have been able to release several different animals in to the woods at unity farm, which is not only great for our rescued wildlife but also for the woodland ecosystem. Mick (the head gardener at Unity Farm) has been a huge help, always keen to put his skills to good use to help wildlife, and we are very grateful for it.”

Feeding time!

This week we have around 50 hedgehogs on site, and this figure is set to rise dramatically with the onset of autumn and winter. The colder months are testing times for hedgehogs as food sources will be in short supply. When they arrive at Secret World they are underweight and often suffering from parasites. We feed the hedgehogs on a diet of meaty cat food in jelly and cat biscuits to help build their strength up. This can get expensive when we have a lot of hungry mouths to feed, and so we are asking for donations to help get our prickly patients through the winter season. Animal care section leader Dan Bryant said “We are expecting a lot more hedgehogs to be admitted over the winter, when nights get colder and they struggle to find food. Feeding and treating them becomes expensive and stretches our resources so we are asking for donations of cat food and biscuits to help the little creatures put on the weight they need to get through hibernation.”

Star

Our beautiful resident Tawny Owl, Star, has had a visit from the vet this week after some attempted amorous behavior with a wild interloper! Star has suffered from damage to the top of her beak after trying to get to a wild owl on the other side of her pen. She has been left with a small injury which has been assessed and treated by a vet, and she will soon be back to normal!

 

One of our squirrels

We need your help foraging for food for 5 energetic squirrel orphans. We try to feed our orphaned squirrels on the food they would naturally find in their habitat, so with this in mind we are asking for your help to search out their favourite foods in parks, woodlands and even your garden. This will help us get them fighting fit and ready to be released. Foraging is a great way to get out in the countryside and learn more about these precious habitats, especially in the name of helping these youngsters.

 

Second Chance for Baby Deer Abandoned by Roadside

A newborn red deer calf, found abandoned by the side of the road, is set to make a full recovery later this year thanks to the animal care specialists at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, Somerset. 

The deer was found collapsed and crying for its mother at the side of a road between Badgers Holt and Wheddon Cross in Somerset by a vigilant member of the public.

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