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ON THE MEND
The hospital treated and released an adult hare. He was admitted in a very poorly condition with ulcerated eyes and an infestation of fleas. Hares do not cope well with stress or being in a hospital environment, so staff took extra precautions to ensure he recuperated in a calm environment. He responded well to treatment and once fit and healthy he was released to back to where he was rescued. It is truly rewarding to treat and release such a stunning animal.
Let's all be wildlife aware this bonfire season. Bonfires can cause fatal injures or burns that require months of recuperation care. If you are planning a bonfire, please check it for sleeping hedgehogs or other wildlife before lighting.
Build a bonfire pile on the day of the event or build a chicken wire fence around the pile- DO NOT use netting. Wildlife can become entangled.
Life edges with a broom handle and shine a torch to spot resting wildlife or sleeping hedgehogs. DO NOT stab the pile with a gardening spade or fork.
Relocate any hedgehogs a safe distance away from the bonfire.
Any injured wildlife should be placed in a ventilated box and taken immediately to a local vet or to our wildlife hospital.
AT RISK OF EXTINCTION
This year sees the first publication of the Red List for British Mammals, which shows that UK hedgehogs are now classified as ‘vulnerable to extinction’. The announcement comes from the Mammal Society, and states that one quarter of native UK mammals are now at risk of extinction. This decline is not sustainable. It is clear that UK hedgehogs are in real trouble. We cared for over 950 hedgehogs in 2019, with hundreds of hedgehogs expected this winter we need your support with donations of Wishlist items to help us get hundreds of hedgehogs fit and healthy for release to safe.
The hospital cared for over 2,000 seasonal casualties all needing around the clock care. It was truly a rewarding experience to see many of these patients be successfully rehabilitated and released back into suitable habitats. The continued restrictions imposed by Coronavirus means we are still without our normal network of volunteers. Cancelled and postponed outreach work means we can not spread awareness about the seasonal plights faced for wildlife- our supporters and donors are needed more than ever. We thank everyone helped us with donations, patient foods and hospital supplies.
Early in 2020 Stage 2 of our Big Build improvement programme saw the completion of 5 new water bird enclosures and 2 general enclosures. Many thanks to all who fund-raised and donated, and to those who helped build and paint the enclosures. Special thanks go to The Hatcher Animal Welfare Trust, The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust and The Michael & Shirley Hunt Trust. Water bird patients are already recuperating in the spacious units and using the water pools for swimming, preening and waterproofing feathers before they are ready for release into suitable wild habitats.
IS A KILLER
We are seeing a disturbing increase in sea and water bird casualties suffering from pollution-related injuries. It is distressing to see needless suffering caused by discarded fishing hooks, line entanglement, and poisonings from plastics and oil spills. Some recent bird admissions have had terrible injuries from discarded fishing line or fishing hooks through their feet and were dying a cruel death from starvation or infection. Despite our best efforts most do not recover.
A LIFE OF
It is with great sadness and respect that we pay tribute to the passing of Dennis Fenter MBE, our Founder. Dennis passed away peacefully in his sleep in July 2019. We are all incredibly proud of his work and achievements helping injured wildlife and will build on his legacy to ensure that his passion and dedication to wildlife welfare continues into the future. 2021 will be a special anniversary year to celebrate his work and 50 years of wildlife care. We aim to raise funds for a new patient admissions and quarantine building to be named in Dennis' honour.
We delighted to have opened our new charity shop in Mengham, Hayling Island. We receive a number of patients from the area and the shop will generate vital regular income to support the Hospital’s running costs and be a focal point for community awareness of wildlife welfare. We are in need of good quality stock and regular volunteers to help make the shop a success. Do let us know if you can help.
CHARITY SHOP OPEN
2021 - A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY YEAR TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER