Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust is a wildlife hospital based in West Sussex. We are a voluntary organisation that has been treating and rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned wildlife for 48 years, we treat 3,500 patients each year.
We invite you to watch our short informational video below (tap it to play) for more information. Further details about the organisation are also available on our About Us page.
Brent Lodge News
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Founder, Dennis Fenter. He passed away yesterday peacefully in his sleep. We would like to send our sincerest condolences to his wife Yvonne and all of his close friends and family. We are all thinking of you at this difficult time.
It has been hard to find the words that do such an amazing man justice. Dennis was a selfless, larger than life man who dedicated his life to caring for animals and his community. From humble beginnings in Eartham where he began his journey of helping sick, injured and orphaned wild animals and birds to the incredible charity that he created that is still continuing to care for over 3,500 wild animals every year. We are all incredibly proud to be a part of the legacy that Dennis has left behind. We will work hard to ensure his passion continues well into the future and will continue to spread his message about caring for all creatures, great and small.
Rest in peace Dennis. We will always strive to make Brent Lodge the best it can be and make you proud. It has been a true privilege to know you and work alongside you. Many friends and family have been asking how to make a donation in memory of Dennis, Yvonne his wife has choosen Brent Lodge, St Wilfrids Hospice and Love Your Hospital.
We are looking for support with the BRENT LODGE BIG BUILD Capital Appeal that will enable us to move towards reaching our vision. So we would like to ask for your consideration to support us to make an even bigger impact on British Wildlife.
Phase 2 will be undertaken in 5 stages. These will include 12 new bird of prey aviaries, 5 new water pool enclosures, mammal rehabilitation enclosures, an admissions and quarantine centre. Finally, the new hospital extension will begin which then allow us to redevelop our existing hospital to also bring that up to a modern standard.
Stage 1 to construct 12 new bird of prey enclosures was completed in 2018, we are now seeking your support for both Stage 2 and 3 and would like to ask for your support towards achieving this. We would be happy to provide naming or memorial opportunities with these projects too.
We are really pleased to update you on the progress of our recent rehabilitation cage appeal, we are in need to replace our existing cages, so we can provide better ’housing’ for more patients.
Thanks to the generosity 2 anonymous donors, a remaining legacy donation, Animal Friends Insurance, Marjoorie Coote Animal Trust, and The Audrey Emma Lamb Trust we have now received a total of £13,500 to purchase a block of cages. With further fundraising we hope to purchase more to help with patient care.
We are really honoured to announce us as the winners for Best Rescue Centre UK at this years Animal Star Awards, recognising the care we give to wildlife. We have been congratulated by many of you and whist we appreciate it. I just want to make it clear that this award is for all of our staff, volunteers and Supporters.
Each and every person who gives up their time to help in our quest to look after all of the animals. From those who help to clean and feed patients, to fundraising, including those who support us and spread the word of the work we do… gosh the list could go on.
From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you for continuing to support us and push us forward to be the best we can be and provide the very best levels of care that we can. You are all AMAZING and the animals are all so lucky to have a great bunch of people rooting for them. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.
We are really pleased to say that we received confirmation that our plans were successful and given permission to go ahead with the site
The re-build or the ‘BIG BUILD’ project is required due to the ever-increasing number and variety of patients we are treating each year. We are just simply running out of room to safely rehabilitate patients and having to ‘house’ birds and mammals in the same area, meaning some animals are located too close to their natural predators, which is not ideal. Much of the hospital was built in the
Brent Lodge ‘BIG BUILD’ Capital Appeal started in 2015 after receiving some generous legacies from loyal supporters. This enabled Brent Lodge to complete Phase 1 of the ‘BIG BUILD’ Capital Appeal which included demolishing two old buildings to create a new feed store, build 3 new aviaries, and construct an educational hut for when we host educational visits.
Phase 2 will be undertaken in 5 stages. These will include 12 new bird of prey aviaries, 5 new water pool enclosures, mammal rehabilitation enclosures, a reception and quarantine area. Finally, the new hospital extension will begin which then allow us to redevelop our existing hospital to also bring that up to a modern standard.
Thanks to a generous donation of £25,000 from The Hatcher Animal Welfare Trust and further supporter donations, we were able to finish Stage 1 and construct 12 new outside bird of prey enclosures.
The Trust is seeking new Trustees to join the Board. The voluntary role provides oversight, stewardship, and good governance to support the purpose of the charity and ensure donations are spent in the correct way. We are particularly keen to hear from experienced people in the legal, financial, retail, or public sectors.
If you are interested in finding out more about being a Trustee, there is a lot of useful information on this role on the Charity Commission website. There is no commitment in enquiring and we would be delighted to arrange an informal chat if you think you may be interested please email mike.french@brentlodge.
We recently had an unusual looking patient arrive at the hospital, the ball of clay (pictured below) could easily have been mistaken for nothing more than …… well just a ball of clay. However once examined further you could just make out a few spikes protruding from the mass of mud, which means it must a hedgehog that has got into a spot of bother.
The hedgehog was discovered by a very curious dog in a garden, on approach the little hog immediately went into his defence mode and rolled into a ball which then unfortunately made the dog even more curious. Once in a ball the dog persisted to roll the hedgehog in the wet clay ground, causing the mud to become lodged into his spines to then turn into something completely unrecognisable.
The dog owner noticed the dog playing with the clay ball and went to investigate, on further inspection the owner realised that the ball was breathing. Fortunately, the owner was an animal lover and familiar with our charity, so without hesitation rushed the hedgehog to us. On arrival we warmed the hedgehog up and started to wash him, but he then began to get very grumpy so we got the worst of the clay off and left him to rest, sleep and warm up in an incubator overnight.
The following morning the mud had dried, so the hospital staff and volunteers could then easily pick off the remaining mud that was stuck to his spines. Once all the clay was removed the hedgehog was given a health check and it was agreed that apart from feeling a bit grumpy, he had no permanent injuries. He is now doing well, eating plenty of tinned dog food and expected to make a full recovery. He has since been released to a lovely family where he will be looked after during his ‘soft release’, where he will climatise to his new surroundings, then live a natural life in the wild where he belongs (hopefully without any further encounters with dogs.)
This story is an important message to walkers that if they see a hedgehog or another wildlife creature in distress to get in touch with your local animal rescue centre. It is a privilege to care for this little hog and the many others we treat, given that the species is in such devastating decline.
Tap on Cassius to view his post-transformation video!
Would you like to volunteer your services as an animal ambulance for your area?
As and when we need someone to transport a sick or injured animal to Brent Lodge, we will query our database of registered drivers and contact the nearest available volunteer to the patient. There is no commitment! We gratefully accept your offer to help if you are available at the time of asking. If you’re not available when called upon, that’s absolutely fine – we will try to contact another driver. It’s important to get as many volunteer drivers into our database as possible, so if you have family, friends, or neighbours who may be willing to help out, please do point them in the direction of this page!
Find out further information here…