BRENT LODGE BIRD & WILDLIFE TRUST

 Cow Lane, Sidlesham, West Sussex, PO20 7LN

Seasonal patient addmission hours 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

 📞 Telephone: 01243-641672 📨 Email: enquiries@brentlodge.org

Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital is a voluntary organisation that treats and rehabilitates over 3,500 injured, sick and orphaned wildlife  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

One of the many Hedgehogs at Brent Lodge Wldlife Hospital

Urgent Hedgehog Appeal

You may be aware that hedgehog numbers in Britain have undergone a rapid decline from over 30 million in the 1950s to under 800,000 in 2012, but here at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital we are doing what we can to halt this in West Sussex and East Hampshire.

We treat around 600 sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs a year and our aim is to put as many breeding pairs as possible back out into the wild.

During the Winter about 95% of our patients at the Hospital are hedgehogs. These are animals that would not otherwise survive through the cold months.

However, this is a time where our funds are at the lowest. We therefore need your support to get us through this period.

  • £1 could pay for the cost of washing and disinfecting a hedgehog’s food bowl and cage;
  • £5 for flea & worming treatment for a hedgehog;
  • £10 for life-saving first aid treatment for a hedgehog;
  • £13 for a course of antibiotics for a hedgehog;
  • £40 to feed a hedgehog during an average 12 week stay;
  • £50 for a tin of specialist milk formula for baby hedgehogs;
  • £200 to keep a hedgehog in the Hospital for the whole winter to prevent hibernation (which can be fatal if hedgehogs are underweight or injured);
  • £500 towards an intensive care unit.

Your donation will make a difference and help fight the decline in hedgehog numbers. We are one of the largest hedgehog treatment centres in the country and need your support to continue this vital work.

You can donate online through our donation page to help towards caring for hedgehogs.

Or you can send a cheque or P.O. (payable to “Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust”) to us at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Cow Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester, PO20 7LN.

Thank you

New Shop opening

We’re delighted to announce that we will soon be opening our latest charity shop in Mengham, Hayling Island. We regularly receive wildlife patients from Hayling Island so we are honoured to be moving to the area to engage more with the local community, be a point of contact for any wildlife questions and help generate extra funds for the charity ensuring it is able to continue its great work. We’re really hoping that as a local charity, we’ll gain new support and encourage new people to shop with us.

All of our shops sell quality furniture, pre-loved clothes, books, household items and new products. All sales from the shops help us to continue the care and rehabilitation of the 3,500 patients te treat each year, please do go along to visit our stores and say hello to our friendly staff, where you are guaranteed to find something for a bargain.

If you think you can help by donating unwanted items then please get in touch with us, your support would be very much appreciated.

New care units

Thanks to the generosity of various donors, a remaining legacy donation, Animal Friends Insurance, Marjoorie Coote Animal Trust,  Rose Animal Welfare Trust, Wet Nose Animal Aid and The Audrey Emma Lamb Trust we have replaced 4 units. With further fundraising we hope to purchase more to help with patient care, so please consider making a donation.

Brent Lodge ‘Big Build’ Appeal

We are looking for support with the Brent Lodge Big Build appeal, so we can make an even bigger impact on British wildlife. The redevelopment will be undertaken in the following 5 stages.

  • 12 bird of prey aviaries
  • 5 water pools and 2 multi-purpose enclosures
  • 5 large mammal enclosures
  • Patient admissions centre & quarantine facilities 
  • New hospital extension

Stage 1 & 2 are now complete, so we are now seeking your support for Stage 3 to construct new mammal enclosures and we would like to ask for your support towards achieving this, so please consider making a donation.

A lasting legacy to our Founder Dennis Fenter

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Founder, Dennis Fenter, who passed away in July 2019 peacefully in his sleep.

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.

Volunteers required

Volunteers

Do you know someone who would love the opportunity to work with some incredible animals?

We are currently looking for hard working, dedicated volunteers to help care for the sick and orphaned wildlife we help at Brent Lodge.

There are many different areas of volunteering work to choose from and something for everyone, from hands-on animal care to fundraising.

Please see our volunteering page to find out more or get in touch with us to arrange a volunteer session.

Wildlife Crime

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We are currently seeing a worrying number of cases of wildlife crime being mentioned in the news and on social media.

Recent cases include deliberate cruelty to a baby swan, and the destruction of nests with baby birds by builders and tree-fellers.

Wildlife crime includes the persecution of protected native species of flora and fauna, the illegal snaring, trapping or killing of protected mammals, damage to the geophysical features of protected land, and the international trade in endangered species.

The police have a number of Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) working across the country, all of whom perform the role alongside their day-to-day policing duties.

They rely on the assistance of the public to enable them to detect offences and prosecute offenders. Please report things that make you suspicious. Posting details on social media may make you feel better, but if you report an incident to the police, then something will be done about it.

The Police Wildlife Crime teams would love to hear from anyone who has any information about wildlife criminality. Please contact them on 101.

If a crime is currently taking place, do not put yourself in danger … always dial 999 immediately.

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