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HELP OUR WILDLIFE

by Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Chichester, England, United Kingdom

HELP OUR WILDLIFE

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Help us treat and build a better future for wildlife in our new environmentally friendly patient admissions building

by Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Chichester, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Further funding will enable us to add more environmentally features to our facilities and help provide care to wildlife casualties.


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ABOUT BRENT LODGE WILDLIFE HOSPITAL

We provide care and rehabilitation to over 3,500 sick, injured and orphaned wildlife casualties each year, with the aim to release healthy animals back to their natural habitats.

This year marks 50 years since our Founder first started caring for wildlife. We have come along way since then and we are now one of the longest serving wildlife rehabilitation hospitals in the UK. Being a well-respected source of wildlife casualty care and knowledge to the community we are able to assist members of the public, RSPCA inspectors, wildlife police officers and veterinary clinics with wildlife in need.

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HOW DO WE HELP WILDLIFE

The hospital is now coming through the busy summer care season. Many of the orphaned babies admitted at the start of the year have grown up and have already been released. The hospital has now started to prepare for the influx of young, orphaned or injured hedgehog casualties, with a few orphaned hoglets already in our care. We anticipate admitting over 200 hedgehogs as well as hundreds of other seasonal wildlife casualties.

Hedgehogs in our care at this time of year are mostly those born in late summer due to another mild autumn. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that mothers in the wild can successfully rear this second litter as well as put on enough weight to survive their hibernation. Hoglets born to late litters can then lead to ‘autumn juvenile orphans’. These babies are often suffering from the cold and malnourishment. They are examined and weighed, and given warmth, food and fluids. Some may need hand-feeding plus regular observations while they stabilise. Once healthy they will be released in the spring.

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WHAT IMPACT DO WE MAKE

Wildlife populations are in huge decline across the UK. Sadly, climate change, habitat loss, human influences and  depleted food sources are some of the main causes. Wildlife often arrive in our care orphaned, malnourished or weak due to the effects of climate change.

Through our educational outreach work, visiting schools and informing community groups we aim to inspire individuals to respect wildlife and in turn protect their habitats in the hopes it will ensure their long-term survival and reduce the impacts of climate change. Our wildlife hospital is playing an important role to ensure these habitats are thriving with healthy wildlife.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP US TO HELP WILDLIFE

The sustained pressure on UK wildlife is resulting in a year-on-year increase in our hospital patient admissions from the public, RSPCA inspectors, Wildlife Police Officers and Veterinary Clinics. To provide effective care and treatment for these sick or injured patients we will need to improve our wildlife care and rehabilitation facilities and recruit more staff, which will require additional  future funding.

To ensure that the hospital continues to run efficiently and up to standard for the future there is a pressing need for a new fit-for-purpose Patient Admissions Building. The aim is to improve patient welfare and biosecurity, and to rationalise access to the site for the public, staff, and volunteers. 

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WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL THE BUILDING MAKE

Currently, our hospital does not have the necessary veterinary facilities to make appropriate clinical diagnoses or medically treat patients sufficiently to give them the best chance of a successful return to the wild. The new Patient Admissions Building will have a veterinary ward and x-ray supported by a veterinary and animal care team.  These additional facilities will help reduce reliance and pressures on private veterinary practices to treat wildlife casualties in the hopes we can increase their survival with early treatment and diagnosis. 

The new Patient Admissions Building will deliver far better environmental performance and align with the Charity’s aim of reducing our carbon footprint. Features include air-sourced heating, grey-water harvesting, a sedum roof and photovoltaic electricity generation. There will bat boxes, bird boxes, and insect-friendly native planting around the building to increase onsite biodiversity.

We are delighted to announce that we have received planning consent for this milestone project and thrilled to be moving ahead. We are especially grateful for the generous financial support of grants and recent legacy donors who remembered us in their Wills to help us fund this project. We now need your help to reach the final target. The funds will be directly used to start construction in 2022 and will make a real and lasting difference to the early treatment and care of injured or orphaned wildlife. 

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