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ON THE MEND
Staff are currently treating an adult hare. He was admitted in a very poorly condition with mucky eyes and an infestation of fleas. We are pleased to say he is responding well to treatment and recovering well. He is eating plenty and gaining weight. Hares do not cope well with stress or being in a hospital environment, so staff are taking extra precautions to ensure he recuperates in a calm environment. Staff are pleased with his progress and are hopefully for a full recovery.
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. While globally hedgehogs are of ‘least concern’, the UK’s population is now classed as ‘vulnerable’. This decline is not sustainable. It is clear that UK hedgehogs are in real trouble. We cared for over 950 sick, injured, orphaned or underweight hedgehogs in 2019, with hundreds more hedgehogs that need over-wintered care this winter. Please support our appeal to help us get hundreds of hedgehogs fit and healthy for release.
It's the summer season - the busiest time of the year for our animal care team. The pressure is on as we have had to suspend all animal care volunteering at the Hospital. Our amazing staff are doing a great job keeping the Hospital open, and are doing all they can to raise funds to support day-to-day running costs. 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 who can help with donations, patient foods and hospital supplies. Visit our Wishlist to donate essential supplies
Let's all be wildlife aware in our gardens. Take care with garden strimmers - every spring we receive hedgehogs with terrible strimmer wounds; this one needed stitches to a painful head wound and recuperation care. If you are planning to strim an overgrown area, please check it for sleeping hedgehogs before you start - better still leave a wild part in your garden as a wildlife habitat. To avoid destroying bird nests, eggs or chicks, resist cutting trees and shrubs during bird nesting season - from March to July, and by putting a bell on a pet cat's collar you can help to save thousands of fledglings from cat attack.
IN THE GARDEN
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