Our Founder, Dennis Fenter, starts a small wild bird rescue centre from his garden. The patient numbers increase and in 1977 he moves to larger premises to provide better facilities and greater space for more patients.
Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust receives charitable status. Dennis is now caring for both injured wild birds and small mammals with the help of volunteers. Patient numbers continue to increase and they outgrow the facility.
The current Hospital site in Sidlesham is acquired and work starts on the construction of wildlife enclosures and fund-raising for a Hospital building. Meanwhile, Dennis lives in temporary accommodation on site while caring for hundreds of patients each year.
The Hospital is completed and has its official opening by Sir Patrick Moore. The charity quickly becomes better known simply as Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital. Staff are treating an increasing range of bird and animal species and the number of hedgehog patients starts to grow significantly.
Dennis receives an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for contribution to wildlife. He retires from day-to-day involvement in the charity having built a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to continue the care and compassion for injured wildlife. He remains connected to the charity as a mentor and source of great experience for a new generation of wildlife carers.
After 20 years of use, and ever-increasing patient numbers, the Hospital site facilities are in need of significant upgrading or replacement. Phase 1 of the Big Build improvement programme commences with the construction of 11 new bird of prey aviaries.
Dennis Fenter sadly passes away. But his passion and legacy live on – with the charity now treating circa 3,500 wild bird and mammal patients each year. Phase 2 of the Big Build improvement programme begins for 7 new bird enclosures, 5 of which have water pools for improved patient rehabilitation.
2020 - 2025
Phase 3 of the Big Build improvement programme aims to deliver a new enclosure for the increasing number of large mammal patients. Long-term plans include constructing a stand-alone admission building with triage and quarantine facilities. We shall also embark on fundraising for our ultimate ambition - to build a new fit-for-purpose modern wildlife hospital with on-site vet facilities.
The charity employs qualified animal care staff who are passionate about wildlife. Volunteers give their invaluable help, and release associates support the return of wild birds and animals back into suitable habitats. A small admin team manages the day-to-day operations, our supporters, fund-raising and finance, communications, and the charity shops.
An external veterinarian advises the charity on animal welfare, good practice and regulatory compliance, and provides veterinary treatment and medicines for our patients at a reduced cost.
Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust is a charity registered in England & Wales, Charity No. 276179. A Board of Trustees is responsible for governance and sets the strategic direction to ensure that the charity is properly run, fulfils its purpose and that donations are spent in the correct way.
2021 - A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY YEAR TO MARK 50 YEARS OF CARING FOR WILDLIFE