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8:00 am – 5:00 pm | February 29 – March 1 | Oaktree Arena

SWWR Caring for British Wildlife Conference 2020

'Making a difference in British wildlife conservation, rehabilitation & release'

SWWR Caring for British Wildlife Conference 2020


Following our inaugural conference in 2019 Secret World Wildlife Rescue are pleased to announce details for a follow up event on 29th February and 1st March 2020.  Our theme for this year is making a difference and over the two days we will focus on ways that we, as individuals, can have a positive impact on our wildlife both in the wild and when admitted for treatment, rehabilitation and release.  As was the case for the previous conference, the Saturday will have a focus on conservation with Sunday more focused on wildlife rehabilitation. Feedback from delegates last year suggested they enjoyed both days equally, regardless of their main interests.


On Saturday 29th February we will look at making a difference to wildlife in the wild with talks from speakers working in conservation. Mark Jones, Head of Policy at the Born Free Foundation, will open the conference with his personal thoughts on how we can all ‘make a difference’. Back by popular demand will be ‘bat man’ Daniel Hargreaves, this time discussing his involvement in a bat conservation project in Trinidad.  John Corder will present a personal perspective on wildlife reintroductions, focusing on pheasant species but also touching on mammalian projects he has also been involved in. Quintin Rayer will introduce us to ‘ethical and sustainable investing’ and how we can make a difference with money. The Garden Wildlife Health project team will discuss their ongoing citizen science project and recent findings from it.


On Sunday 1st March we will look at making a difference to the animals we treat, rehabilitate and release. Frances Baines, a veterinary surgeon with a special interest in the use of UV light will open the day, looking at this often forgotten but essential area of animal management. Dan Calvo Carrasco from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust will discuss handling of birds in a variety of situations from individual animals to whole flocks. David Couper from RSPCA West Hatch will discuss many aspects of seal rehabilitation and Liz Mullineaux, a wildlife and emergency vet, will speak about on how we can improve wildlife first aid. Pauline Kidner, the founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue, will share with us just some of what she has learnt in over 30 years of wildlife rehabilitation.


There will be an opportunity for interactive discussion with a panel of speakers at the end of each day. For those wishing to stay for both days, there will also be the opportunity to meet for dinner on the Saturday evening.

Our speakers for the weekend are listed below.

Mark Jones – Born Free Foundation

Becki Lawson – Garden Wildlife Health

Daniel Hargreaves – Bat Conservation

John Corder – Conservationist

Quintin Rayer – P1 Investment Management

Debbie Bailey – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust & High Peak Badger Group

Frances Baines – UV Vet

David Couper – RSPCA

Liz Mullineaux – Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Dany Chambers – Vetlife

Phoebe Vaughan – Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Pauline Kidner – Secret World Wildlife Rescue




Early bird rate until the 25th December £70 per day or £120 for both days.

Prices from 26th December £80 per day or £150 for both days.


Local accommodation

The conference will be held at Oaktree Arena which is close to J22 of the M5. There is a lot of available accommodation in the area, but here are a couple of the closest options.


Travel Lodge Highbridge Burnham-on-sea

This is quite a new Travel Lodge (2018) and just 10-15 minutes walk from the venue. Book via the website. Sadly, no conference discount is available, but rooms are usually reasonably priced.



Fox and Goose

The Fox and Goose is about 1 mile north of the venue. Last year we used it for the conference meal and will do so again if the numbers attending work out. The hotel has offered a discount of £15 per room if we book 8 rooms or more. Their normal tariff is £78.50 single occupancy B&B and £97 double occupancy B&B (or £70 and £80 respectively without breakfast).  If you are  interested  in this option then please email Liz (lizmullineaux@hotmail.com) and when we have the first  8 people wanting rooms we will put you all in touch with the hotel for the discounted rate. https://www.foxandgooseinn.com 


Saturday dinner

Last year several of the delegates got together for dinner on the Saturday evening. The venue will be reasonably close to the conference centre and somewhere that provided a range of options for all tastes and purses. We are happy to organise this again, if you are a registered  delegate  (or accompanying person) and interested in attending please email Liz (lizmullineaux@hotmail.com).


February 29 @ 8:00 am
March 1 @ 5:00 pm
£70 – £150
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Secret World Wildlife Rescue
01278 783250


Oaktree Arena
Bristol Road, Edithmead
Highbridge, TA9 4HA United Kingdom
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Registration Sunday
£ 80.00
Registration Full Conference
£ 150.00
Registration Saturday
£ 80.00