Cow Lane, Sidlesham, West Sussex, PO20 7LN

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

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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

Seasonal Influx

Patients at the hospital are constantly changing and we are now coming through the busy hedgehog care season. Once healthy and up to a good weight, we will gradually prepare to release hundreds of these over-wintered hedgehogs back into suitable local habitats.

The freed-up space will be needed to house the impending seasonal influx of thousands of injured or orphaned birds and mammals. The animal care team is anticipating that the mild winter will lead to an earlier breeding season and expect their first orphaned casualties to arrive at the hospital over the next few weeks.

The transition from caring mainly for hedgehogs to hundreds of baby birds and other wildlife casualties mean an increase in staff hours, a deep clean of the hospital, different patient foods, medicines, equipment and a change in patient care routines.

Young wildlife needs to be warm and secure, without their mothers to brood them they are kept in incubators and creches which have heated plates to sleep and hide under. When big enough they move outside to grow and develop their natural behaviour where birds can bathe, preen and water-proof feathers and mammals have space to rest and recuperate prior to being released back into local habitats.

If you would like to donate towards caring for the hundreds of wildlife casualties in our care then we would be very grateful.

New Shop opening

We’re delighted to announce the opening of 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, so if you think you can help by donating unwanted items then please get in touch with us.

Drop by to visit our stores and say hello to our friendly staff, where you are guaranteed to find something for a bargain.

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.

Site Redevelopment

Brent Lodge Big Build project is underway and will help us accommodate the increasing number of wildlife casualties we are faced with. 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 and we have full funding secured to begin stage 3 to construct 5 new mammal enclosures.

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


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


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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