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We are now coming to the end of our busy orphaned wildlife season. Many of the early babies admitted at the start of the season have already moved out of the hospital and onto the next stage of their rehabilitation into one of our outside enclosures, and some have already been released. The space will now be filled with hundreds of underweight or orphaned hedgehogs. We will need your continued support with Wishlist donations, newspapers as well as funding to help us care for these vulnerable creatures. Come spring next year we will have hundreds of healthy hedgehogs to release.
We want to wish all of our lovely supporters a Happy 50th Anniversary. We have come a long way from when Dennis set up a humble wildlife hospital to take care of a tiny sparrow. We hope you will join us this year as we celebrate our achievements, acknowledge those who have helped us along the way and of course pay tribute to Dennis. Coronavirus will no doubt restrict our plans so we will need your help to make 2021 a year to remember!
With thanks to The Beryl Evetts and Robert Luff Animal Welfare Trust and The Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust for their very generous donations towards our hospital upgrades project. We still have a few more upgrades to make but the hospital is now more space efficient for us to safely house the increasing number of patients we now treat. The improved space is also proving valuable for our staff as they continue to function and work at a safe distance from each other throughout the remainder of the pandemic.
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.
AT RISK OF EXTINCTION
The first publication of the Red List for British Mammals, 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 care for over 600 hedgehogs a year, so we need your support with donations of Wishlist items to help us get hundreds of hedgehogs fit and healthy for release.
The hospital cared for over 3,145 casualties in 2020 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.
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, PPE, 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