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Following the recent confirmed case of Avian Influenza in a resident mute swan at Pagham, we have taken the very difficult decision to suspend admission of the following bird species until further notice. We ARE NOT able to admit: game birds, birds of prey, water fowl including gulls or ducks. Avian Influenza (bird flu) is a notifiable disease. If a bird was presented to Brent Lodge and then test positive, due to its highly infectious nature, it is likely that compulsory control measures would be imposed on us by DEFRA. This would sadly mean the humane euthanasia of all avian patients (healthy and sick) on the Brent Lodge site. Please call if you have a bird casualty and we will do our best to assist you or redirect you to your vet.
We are now at the end of another busy hedgehog care season. The team have been busy releasing over 120 hedgehogs back to local natural habitats. We are now starting to receive our first orphaned or abandoned baby animals. With baby rabbits, fox cubs and badger cubs already being admitted into our care. We will need your continued support with Wishlist donations such as food and cleaning supplies as well as funding to help us care for these vulnerable creatures.
Thanks to generous funding we have purchased an Animal Ambulance. The vehicle will be used to safely transport wildlife casualties to local veterinary clinics as well as access suitable rural release sites.
We are thrilled to have received planning permission for a new patient admission building. We are especially grateful for the generous financial support of grants and recent legacy donors who remembered us in their Wills to help us fund this project. The funds will be directly used to start construction in 2022 and will make a real and lasting difference to the early treatment and care of injured or orphaned wildlife. A special thank you to Aviva Community Fund for helping us raise £26,271 towards making the building environmentally friendly.
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.
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.
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.
2021 - A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY YEAR TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER