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

Our Hub

In early 2021 a really lovely local lady called Barbara allowed us to use an area of her nature reserve to release some of our casualties. This meant that we were able to put up enclosures to allow animals to ‘wild up’ and for us to support feed them on release. This also provided us with a brilliant opportunity to allow volunteers on site to help with their care. However, we were a little restricted as we had no toilet and no inside space for when the weather inevitably turned!

             We were really lucky to receive a grant from the National Lottery which enabled us to purchase a compostable eco-toilet, a workshop to use as a ‘hub’, chairs so we could hold meetings and a generator to allow us to make a decent cup of tea while on site! With great excitement we set about ordering our supplies with our generator and eco-toilet arriving in June. Unfortunately, we weren’t so lucky with the workshop… We had entrusted our order to a local garden building company, but as time passed we realised that we had been scammed, and had lost the £1,700 deposit we had put down. Needless to say, we were absolutely heartbroken and found out that we were one of many people scammed by this company. The incident is still being looked into by the Police and Fraud Action.

              However, our absolutely amazing supporters rallied and we had some really generous donations which allowed us to place a new order for a different workshop! We had to adapt our idea slightly to try and get our project up and running as soon as possible. In October, Ben Roberts Landscaping came and put up our amazing workshop!

              Although this is our quieter period, we have still been able to have volunteers down to help with maintenance and use the facilities and they’ve absolutely loved them! (The addition of a hot drink during the colder months has been the favourite!!) Unfortunately, due to the spread of the Omicron variant, we haven’t held as many meetings as we would have liked to, but hope to be able to do this much more frequently in 2022!

We have, however, been able to hold a couple of little meetings! We did an owl pellet dissection afternoon which went down really well with local families. It was a bit drizzly and we had planned to be working outside so our hub really saved the day! We’ve also had a couple of coffee afternoons, which we hope to hold on a more regular basis in the summer!

Wild Things Rescue really couldn’t have done this without the support of The National Lottery and our local volunteers. So for that, we thank you!! And hope to see more of you in 2022!

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