2022 Round Up


Well! 2022 has been a crazy year. We started off the year by signing a 5 year lease on a property which quickly became our first official ‘base’. The centre comprises of 7 rooms:

  • Our predator room
  • Our charity shop
  • Main hospital room
  • Examination room
  • Kitchen
  • Toilet
  • Staff room/community room

Little did we know how much of an impact this place would have on our charity (both positive and negative!)

Having the centre has opened so many doors for us, enabling us to take on and train up far more volunteers than we ever had before. We’ve made some real friends within the team and it has been brilliant! However, having the centre has increased our outgoings significantly. With the cost of rent, utilities, waste disposal and the constant maintainance needed, it has been a real challenge. There’ve been times when we’ve not really been sure how we’ll keep going, but at the same time, times when we’ve felt utterly unstoppable! We’ve learnt a huge amount and it has been brilliant.


Mental Health Support

We also recognised that we’re here not only to help animals but people too. We managed to secure a grant with Shine to fund some mental health support sessions. These have been absolutely incredible and have led to us creating a separate CIC (Wilder Minds) so that we can do more wellbeing and mental health sessions.

Check out our mental health support here


We admitted over 900 animals this year. We admitted at least one feral pigeon, one wood pigeon and one hedgehog every month! They were by far our most common admissions. We also saw an increase in some other species. Bird flu played a huge part in our admissions this year, with other rescues having to close their doors to certain species, we saw an increase in the number of calls we got about waterfowl and sea birds. We’re not really kitted out for these species, but have made it a priority next year to create facilities for them so that we don’t have to turn them away.


We also saw an increase in the number of larger mammals needing our help, including foxes, badger and deer. Again, we didn’t have the best facilities for them so would like to create better facilities next year so that we can help. Our nearest large centre, RSPCA East Winch, is quite a drive away and we feel it’d be beneficial to be able to at least give initial care for these animals without them having to travel as far.

Register your interest to volunteer here!

We’re really excited for next year, and a little nervous too if truth be told. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support, both financial and emotional!

Here’s to 2023

I have to admit this website has been neglected. We focus a lot of our effort on Facebook as this is where most people find us and we’re able to interact with our followers. We’d like to add a bit more to our website over the coming months so it’d be great to hear the kinds of things you’d like to see.

The last few months have been really crazy. We’ve stopped seeing baby birds coming in (pigeons aren’t included in this…there are ALWAYS baby pigeons) and started seeing more and more hedgehogs come in. This time of year is always a little odd. Hedgehogs breed twice a year, the first litters have left the nest and it’s around this time of year we see those who are struggling without mum. We’re seeing loads of hedgehogs with worm burdens and a surprising number with ringworm. Ringworm can be tricky to treat and takes quite a while.

As you can see, this young man has lost most of the fur on his face and a lot on his tummy. He’s also missing patches of his spines. He’s having a spray treatment every 48 hours as well as an oral medication once a day. He’s not impressed AT ALL by the medication so we’re coming up with tricks to get him to take it.

This week we’ve also admitted a Little Owl who has suffered a head injury. At the moment she’s not eating for herself so she’s being support fed. As grumpy as Little Owl’s are, she’s being quite tolerant, which is not necessarily a good thing. On the day of her admit, her pupils were difference sizes and this can indicate a head injury. This coupled with her docile behaviour is a bit of a worry, but she’s becoming a little more feisty each day. Currently she’s on anti-inflammatory medication, supportive fluids and support feeds.

We’ve also moved our latest group of wood pigeons into their pre-release pens. We have a total of 10 wood pigeons getting ready for release. Woodie’s take much longer than feral pigeons to learn to feed so their stay in rehab is much longer than that of a feral. Wood pigeons are particularly stressy too, which makes the whole process much harder, but we’re getting there. Just as these 10 have moved into their aviary, we’ve had hatchlings brought in. It feels like a constant conveyor belt of pigeons, but we do love them! They all have such personality.

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