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April 2018

8:00 pm – 8:00 pm | April 20 – May 31 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Spring Photo Competition

Wow us and Chris Packham with your photography skills!

*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY 31ST MAY* One of the best ways to get closer to nature is through photography.  Send us your wildlife photographs for a chance to win one of our great prizes.  Your photos will be judged by none other than Secret World’s patron, Chris Packham –  English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author.  First prize for each category is: One of our animal adoptions with cuddly toy Your photo as our Facebook cover photo for a week…

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May 2018

8:00 am – 11:59 pm | May 26 – June 2 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Starlight Sleepout

Enjoy a night under the stars this half-term

Sleepout with your friends during the May half-term and get close to nature Secret World is challenging you to spend a night out under the stars in your garden to raise money for British wildlife in need. Grab your sleeping bag and see how many animal sounds you can identify. Listen closely and you might hear an owl’s hoot, or the sound of a hedgehog moving from garden to garden!       Get your friends and family to sponsor you and we’ve…

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9:30 am – 12:30 pm | May 26 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Volunteer Recruitment Day – Saturday 26 May – Morning Session

If you have thought about volunteering and would like to find out more before committing to a regular activity, book onto one of our volunteer recruitment events.   The volunteer recruitment day is a three hour session where you get shown how the centre works, from rescue to release, the opportunities that are available and get to experience the regular duties first hand. You will be lead through a hands on process of cleaning out Hedgehog enclosures and a tour of the site along with explanations…

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1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | May 27 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Volunteer Recruitment Day – Sunday 27 May – Afternoon Session

If you have thought about volunteering and would like to find out more before committing to a regular activity, book onto one of our volunteer recruitment events.   The volunteer recruitment day is a three hour session where you get shown how the centre works, from rescue to release, the opportunities that are available and get to experience the regular duties first hand. You will be lead through a hands on process of cleaning out Hedgehog enclosures and a tour of the site along with explanations…

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm | May 30 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wild Academy – Minibeasts

Get outdoors and explore nature during our Wild Academy holiday workshops

Minibeasts Wednesday 30th May, 10am-12noon £6 per child Join us as we discover the wonderful world of creepy crawlies, from butterflies to pond skaters.  During this session we’ll be going on a minibeast safari adventure, discovering how our wildlife casualties need invertebrates, and making minibeast sculptures to take home. All accompanied children welcome, best suited for children aged 5-11.  We will be outside during the session, so please bring sturdy waterproof shoes and waterproof clothing.  You may need sun cream and…

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm | May 31 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wild Academy – Spring Migration

Get outdoors and explore nature during our Wild Academy holiday workshops

Spring Migration Thursday 31st May, 10am-12noon £6 per child Imagine flying 5000km to get to your summer home!  Join us as we discover some of the incredible journeys of some of the UK’s summer residents.  We’ll be creating clay birds and taking them on our own migration adventure. All accompanied children welcome, best suited for children aged 5-11.  We will be walking along uneven paths during our migration adventure, please bring sturdy waterproof shoes and warm waterproof clothing. You may need…

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June 2018

10:00 am – 11:30 am | June 13 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Under Fives: Owlets

Owlets sessions are fun and interactive and will encourage 2-4 year olds to learn about the natural environment through stories, music, games, outdoor activities, crafts, and play.

Inspire your little ones’ love for nature and wildlife during our regular toddler group. Join us during term time on the second and forth Wednesdays of each month 10-11.30am. £6 per child.  Younger siblings are also welcome free of charge. Advanced booking is essential to avoid disappointment.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  We love going outside in all weathers, so please bring warm and waterproof clothing or sunscreen and hats.  

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm | June 22 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Home Educators Session: Food Chains

A great opportunity for families who home educate to learn about British wildlife and the environment, to meet new friends and have fun!

10-12noon 2 hour session £6 per child, £4 for siblings   A great opportunity for families who home educate to learn about British wildlife and the environment, to meet new friends and have fun!   Each 2 hour session will give children and their parents the chance to find out more about our native wildlife, play games, make crafts and take part in outdoor activities.   Best suited to children aged 5-11 years old.  Children must be accompanied by an…

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10:00 am – 11:30 am | June 27 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Under Fives: Owlets

Owlets sessions are fun and interactive and will encourage 2-4 year olds to learn about the natural environment through stories, music, games, outdoor activities, crafts, and play.

Inspire your little ones’ love for nature and wildlife during our regular toddler group. Join us during term time on the second and forth Wednesdays of each month 10-11.30am. £6 per child.  Younger siblings are also welcome free of charge. Advanced booking is essential to avoid disappointment.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  We love going outside in all weathers, so please bring warm and waterproof clothing or sunscreen and hats.  

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July 2018

10:00 am – 11:30 am | July 11 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Under Fives: Owlets

Owlets sessions are fun and interactive and will encourage 2-4 year olds to learn about the natural environment through stories, music, games, outdoor activities, crafts, and play.

Inspire your little ones’ love for nature and wildlife during our regular toddler group. Join us during term time on the second and forth Wednesdays of each month 10-11.30am. £6 per child.  Younger siblings are also welcome free of charge. Advanced booking is essential to avoid disappointment.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  We love going outside in all weathers, so please bring warm and waterproof clothing or sunscreen and hats.  

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm | July 20 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Home Educators Session: Plant Detectives

A great opportunity for families who home educate to learn about British wildlife and the environment, to meet new friends and have fun!

10-12noon 2 hour session £6 per child, £4 for siblings   A great opportunity for families who home educate to learn about British wildlife and the environment, to meet new friends and have fun!   Each 2 hour session will give children and their parents the chance to find out more about our native wildlife, play games, make crafts and take part in outdoor activities.   Best suited to children aged 5-11 years old.  Children must be accompanied by an…

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5:00 am – 5:00 pm | July 29 |

Prudential Ride London 100 – Sponsored cycle event.

Prudential RideLondon is the largest annual cycling fundraising event on the planet.

Why not sign up, get on your bike and pedal some vital sponsorship funds to Secret World at the same time! Prudential RideLondon is the largest annual cycling fundraising event on the planet – riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 have raised £17 million for good causes since the event began in 2013. Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile…

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September 2018

10:00 am – 4:30 pm | September 15 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Course 1

Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

This wildlife course is for people wishing to know more about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and introduce them to some of the methods we use at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR). This course also forms the basis and introduction to the SWWR Certificate in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release. During this course we will be discussing the ethics of wildlife care and the effects human intervention can have both on the casualty animal and potentially upon other wildlife and people. This includes the…

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10:00 am – 4:30 pm | September 29 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Course 2

Wildlife Handling and Care

This wildlife course will discuss how to handle animals in a safe and responsible way, using appropriate protective equipment as necessary. Attention to hygiene is important, both to protect ourselves and to avoid spread of infections to animals and between animals. We will discuss how to organise animal accommodation to make cleaning safe and easy, which disinfectant products to use and how to use them. Good records of admissions, clinical care and progress and outcomes are essential for individual animal…

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October 2018

10:00 am – 4:30 pm | October 20 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Course for Veterinary Professionals

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release for Veterinary Professionals - CPD Training

This wildlife course is designed for veterinary surgeons, registered veterinary nurses, veterinary students and student veterinary nurses and looks at the ethical problems relating to wildlife casualties and the possible consequences of their release. Others who work in a veterinary environment (receptionists, animal care assistants etc.) will also find the course of interest.  The course, led by Dr Liz Mullineaux MRCVS (Scientific Advisor and veterinary surgeon SWWR), includes Triage which is the process by which we decide which animals we…

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10:00 am – 4:30 pm | October 21 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Course 3

Assessment and First Aid in Wildlife Casualties

  This wildlife course, led by lecturer Liz Mullineaux (Scientific Advisor and veterinary surgeon SWWR), will discuss how to assess and examine rescued animals at admission, as we do here at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR).  Triage is the process by which we decide which animals we can successfully treat and release and which we need to euthanase. Triage decisions are often medical and involve our veterinary staff. We will discuss how to make triage decisions and some techniques that can…

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4:30 pm – 8:00 pm | October 28 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Face the Fire

The hottest sponsored walk you'll ever do!

A firewalk is the most inspirational journey you will ever undertake: a bare-foot walk over red-hot wood embers of around 800 degrees. No tricks, no special effects, just you and the fire.

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November 2018

10:00 am – 4:30 pm | November 11 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Course 1

Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

This wildlife course is for people wishing to know more about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and introduce them to some of the methods we use at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR). This course also forms the basis and introduction to the SWWR Certificate in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release. During this course we will be discussing the ethics of wildlife care and the effects human intervention can have both on the casualty animal and potentially upon other wildlife and people. This includes the…

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An otter thriving on the Somerset Levels

10:00 am – 4:30 pm | November 25 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Course 4

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

This wildlife course will focus on the eventual release of a wildlife casualty after it has been treated, which is sometimes not considered well enough by wildlife rehabilitators.  The course, led by SWWR’s release co-ordinator and rehabilitation section leader  (Founder SWWR), looks at pre-release assessment, release criteria and other factors such as seasonality and weather conditions.   Finding suitable release sites for rehabilitated wildlife is one of the major challenges we face at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR) and involves surveying…

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