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We have been monitoring the reported cases or Avian Influenza in the local area and we are pleased to say that they have reduced enough for us to start admitting more bird species. We ask finders to please call if they have a bird casualty before bringing them onto our site. Avian Influenza (bird flu) is a nasty disease, if a patient was suffering from the disease and it spread to the rest of the birds in our care it would be devastating. Please do not bring birds onto our site unless advised, instead call if you have a bird casualty and we will talk you through the admission process. We ARE NOT able to provide a rescue service, however, these are considered on a case by case situation. So please always call for advice. 01243 641672 ext 1.

Thank you.



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A few weeks ago this hedgehog was admitted after being picked up by a dog. As you can see, he sustained some very nasty injuries to his head. Thanks to the hard work of the team and vet, we managed to repair some of the damage. After several doses of antibiotics he is doing much better and appears to be much more stable now. We are now waiting for the spikes to grow back before assessing him for release. In 2023 we admitted over 400 patients suspected to be caused by pet attacks - a shocking statistic and stark reminder to safeguard our precious wildlife from our curious pets. Read our latest BLOG to safeguard our precious wildlife.





At the end of 2023 we had a very small gathering of staff, volunteers and funders to open the newly finished Patient Admissions Building. We were also very pleased to have the Chichester Mayor attend to give a few words and officially declare the building open for patients. We have plans to name it The Dennis Fenter Building as a fitting tribute our beloved Founder. The building is now open to take in patient admissions and will make a huge difference to the early treatment of casualties arriving in our care. 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. 




This Black-tailed godwit came to us at the beginning of the month after being found with wounds to his neck and chest (thought to be from a predator). A huge thank you to Arun Veterinary Clinic for providing initial care in quarantine. He was then transferred to us for ongoing rehabilitation. These stunning birds are listed as Near Threatened on the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species so we are really pleased to say that his recovery went well and has now been released to RSPB Pagham Harbour to join others. Thank you to all involved.


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Strimmer and garden equipment injuries are on the rise. In the month of May we treated over 25 hedgehogs suspected to be injured by strimmers. Sadly, we were only able to save 4 of them so far. If you really must use a strimmer, CHECK for animals first like hedgehogs, then proceed with caution. PLEASE take care, and check all areas where you think hedgehogs or other wildlife are likely to be sleeping BEFORE you start to use hazardous equipment such as strimmers, shears and mowers. They cause horrific injuries which can be fatal.





Our juvenile fox cubs are looking so beautiful and healthy. We have now started releasing them back to suitable locations. A huge thank you to the volunteers from HSBC in Chichester for making new enrichment areas for our fox enclosures. They have made a huge difference to their rehabilitation.



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The NEST-essities During UK’s nesting season


The UK nesting season runs can run as long as February to July. This is a time that studies show that many species of birds are not just nesting but raising their young. It's illegal to cut down trees during this time of year or disturb the nesting birds. It’s essential to plan ahead if you intend on cutting down a tree during this time frame; failure to do so could result in inadvertently damaging or disturbing nests and eggs.

Check out our latest blog from Rosie Buckley with tips and advice.


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To continue to provide effective care and treatment for sick or injured patients we need to secure the future of our Charity. We have out-grown our small charity origins and constitution (Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust Charity no. 276179). Having reviewed the options available the Trustees agreed to merge all our Charity's assets to a new CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). Our aim is that there would be little to no impact for staff and Charity associates, including our valued supporters. In summary, the proposed conversion to a CIO would mean a new charity number and a minor name change from Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust to become known officially as Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital. We value your support.



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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.

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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. 

July 2019 MBE Dennis Fenter Passes



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.



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