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.