BRENT LODGE BIRD & WILDLIFE TRUST

Wildlife Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex

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

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 over 40 years. We receive over 3,000 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

New rehabilitation units

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.

Animal Star Awards

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.

You guys are just incredible! 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 them, to fundraising, including those who support us and spread the word of the work we do….. gosh the list could go on!

Honestly. From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you for being amazing and 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.

Approval for new hospital re-development

We are really pleased to say that we received confirmation that our plans were successful and given permission to go ahead with the site re-build.

The re-build 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 1980’s on a shoestring budget, so the buildings are no longer fit for purpose and is not an ideal environment for staff, volunteers or patients.

As well as a new hospital we also have plans to build several new outside enclosures, quarantine and reception area. The redevelopment will be staged in five phases, with a target to complete the final build of the hospital by 2020. As a relatively small organisation we are limited to generous voluntary funds, so the success of our project is determined by increased funding from the community.

Thanks to a generous donation of £25,000 from The Hatcher Animal Welfare Trust we were able to construct 12 new outside bird of prey enclosures complete with enrichment gardens, allowing for more flight space resulting in better rehabilitation. Stage 2 to build new water pool enclosures is already underway.

    

PayPal

We are delighted to say we’ve now added Paypal as a payment function, with all the benefits of shopping with Paypal as a payment option on the Brent Lodge online shop checkout. Quick, easy and simple to use, using the PayPal function takes under a minute. So why not treat yourself.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us

We were really lucky and humbled to receive the Hero to Animal award presented to us by Fred Dineage at the Observer Community Awards. Receiving this award means so much to us and we would like to thank everyone who voted for us.

 

Warm welcome from Bognor Regis

We are really excited to announce that we have opened our 4th shop in Bognor Regis.

The shop was officially opened by the Mayor of Bognor. We look forward to a growing success in the town and hope to see many of our local supporters.

Please drop by to see some of our bargains and have a chat with our lovely staff and volunteers. Donations of stock can be dropped off at our shop, so if you are planning a clear out in the new year please think of us for any furniture, clothes or unwanted gifts.

Our Wonderful Sponsors!

A big thank you to The Sign Shop in Chichester and Highhouse Insurance in Selsey, for kindly sponsoring our new van.

This van is essential to the running of our shops, it helps to deliver and pick up fresh stock to and from our charity shops which helps to supply a vital income to the charity.

You can see some of our other kind sponsors via our dedicated sponsors page.

If you would like to become a sponsor of Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital then please get in contact with us.

We need your help to fundraise for Brent Lodge.

With ever increasing costs to help provide treatment for the 3,000 or so Wildlife patients we care for each, we are always looking for new ways to raise much needed funds.

As a result we are looking for some dedicated supporters who would like to help fundraise for Brent Lodge. This can be absolutely anything from a small cake sale to raise a few pounds or something larger to raise hundreds of pounds.

If this is something you would like to support us with then please get in contact with us, we can then make you an official fundraiser and add your details to our fundraising diary and give your efforts all the acknowledgement it deserves.

There are also many fetes, fairs and car boot sales to take part in, so alternatively if you like to support us by selling goods then we can certainly help you out with that.

Please take a look at our dedicated fundraising page, to find out ways you can support and raise funds for Brent Lodge. Your help would make such a difference and means we can continue the work we do.

Mucky escape for a clay covered hedgehog!! (AKA Cassius Clay)

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!

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