Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust is a wildlife hospital based in West Sussex. We are a voluntary organisation that has been treating and rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned wildlife for over 40 years. We receive over 3,000 patients each year.
We invite you to watch our short informational video below (tap it to play) for more information. Further details about the organisation are also available on our About Us page.
Brent Lodge News
We recently had an unusual looking patient arrive at the hospital, the ball of clay (pictured below) could easily have been mistaken for nothing more than …… well just a ball of clay. However once examined further you could just make out a few spikes protruding from the mass of mud, which means it must a hedgehog that has got into a spot of bother.
The hedgehog was discovered by a very curious dog in a garden, on approach the little hog immediately went into his defence mode and rolled into a ball which then unfortunately made the dog even more curious. Once in a ball the dog persisted to roll the hedgehog in the wet clay ground, causing the mud to become lodged into his spines to then turn into something completely unrecognisable.
The dog owner noticed the dog playing with the clay ball and went to investigate, on further inspection the owner realised that the ball was breathing. Fortunately, the owner was an animal lover and familiar with our charity, so without hesitation rushed the hedgehog to us. On arrival we warmed the hedgehog up and started to wash him, but he then began to get very grumpy so we got the worst of the clay off and left him to rest, sleep and warm up in an incubator overnight.
The following morning the mud had dried, so the hospital staff and volunteers could then easily pick off the remaining mud that was stuck to his spines. Once all the clay was removed the hedgehog was given a health check and it was agreed that apart from feeling a bit grumpy, he had no permanent injuries. He is now doing well, eating plenty of tinned dog food and expected to make a full recovery. He has since been released to a lovely family where he will be looked after during his ‘soft release’, where he will climatise to his new surroundings, then live a natural life in the wild where he belongs (hopefully without any further encounters with dogs.)
This story is an important message to walkers that if they see a hedgehog or another wildlife creature in distress to get in touch with your local animal rescue centre. It is a privilege to care for this little hog and the many others we treat, given that the species is in such devastating decline.
Tap on Cassius to view his post-transformation video!
We are proud to announce that Brent Lodge has opened a NEW charity shop in The Guildbourne Centre in Worthing.
The shop was kindly opened on Saturday 7th January by the Mayor of Worthing.
This will be our 3rd charity shop, with the others located in Selsey and in Havant. All of our shops sell quality furniture, pre-loved clothes, books, household items and new products. All sales are in aid of Brent Lodge to continue the care and rehabilitation of the 3,000 patients that lodge with us each year, please do go along to visit our stores and say hello to our friendly staff, where you are guaranteed to find something for a bargain.
If you think you can help by becoming a shop volunteer then please get in touch with us, your support would be very much appreciated.
As with all of our shops a free click ‘n’ collect service is available with any online order made through our shop on this site.
Would you like to volunteer your services as an animal ambulance for your area?
As and when we need someone to transport a sick or injured animal to Brent Lodge, we will query our database of registered drivers and contact the nearest available volunteer to the patient. There is no commitment! We gratefully accept your offer to help if you are available at the time of asking. If you’re not available when called upon, that’s absolutely fine – we will try to contact another driver. It’s important to get as many volunteer drivers into our database as possible, so if you have family, friends, or neighbours who may be willing to help out, please do point them in the direction of this page!
Find out further information here…
Do you know someone who would love the opportunity to work with some incredible animals?
We are currently looking for hard working, dedicated volunteers to help care for the sick and orphaned wildlife we help at Brent Lodge.
There are many different areas of volunteering work to choose from and something for everyone, from hands-on animal care to fundraising.
Please see the ‘About Us‘ page and select the ‘Volunteer’ option for further details or click here…..
We have lots of fundraising events for the hospital throughout the year, and running a tombola at these events is a great way for us to raise funds.
However, we need tombola prizes!
So if you have any items that you could let us have as prizes for our tombolas we’d be very grateful.
We can make use of all sorts of nick-naks … toiletries, ornaments, teddies, books, bottles, kiddies bits, tins, non-perishable foods, jewellery, unwanted gifts, etc.
So long as it’s in “as new” condition, we can make use of it.
If you have any items that you think we can use as tombola prizes, please just drop them in to Brent Lodge.
We are currently seeing a worrying number of cases of wildlife crime being mentioned in the news and on social media.
Recent cases include deliberate cruelty to a baby swan, and the destruction of nests with baby birds by builders and tree-fellers.
Wildlife crime includes the persecution of protected native species of flora and fauna, the illegal snaring, trapping or killing of protected mammals, damage to the geophysical features of protected land, and the international trade in endangered species.
The police have a number of Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) working across the country, all of whom perform the role alongside their day-to-day policing duties.
They rely on the assistance of the public to enable them to detect offences and prosecute offenders. Please report things that make you suspicious. Posting details on social media may make you feel better, but if you report an incident to the police, then something will be done about it.
The Police Wildlife Crime teams would love to hear from anyone who has any information about wildlife criminality. Please contact them on 101.
If a crime is currently taking place, do not put yourself in danger … always dial 999 immediately.
This is TV wildlife presenter Nigel Marven with “Hetty”, one of our resident disabled hoggies.
Nigel and Hetty both appeared on Good Morning Britain this morning to discuss the plight of hedgehogs.
If you missed it, you can watch Nigel and Hetty at http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/hedgehogs-could-be-extinct-in-some-parts-of-uk-in-ten-years
Hetty was a star. She is blind in one eye, so can’t be released back to the wild. She is used to being handled, and behaved perfectly ☺
Even better news… Nigel has agreed to be a Vice President for our charity! Thank you Nigel!!
A very short video clip, taken by our staff member Rob Hayler, of a Sparrowhawk being released back to the wild. The bird had spent over a month at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital after being injured in a road traffic accident. Successful rehabilitation back to the wild, giving animals a second chance, is why we do what we do!
See it at http://youtu.be/ImE7ZP7jVRM
You will probably know that hedgehog numbers in Britain have undergone a rapid decline from over 30 million in the 1950s to under 800,000 in 2012, but here at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital we are doing what we can to halt this in West Sussex and East Hampshire.
We treat around 600 sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs a year and our aim is to put as many breeding pairs as possible back out into the wild.
During the Winter about 95% of our patients at the Hospital are hedgehogs. These are animals that would not otherwise survive through the cold months.
However, this is a time where our funds are at the lowest. We therefore need your support to get us through this period.
- £1 would pay for the cost of washing and disinfecting a hedgehog’s food bowl and cage;
- £5 for flea & worming treatment for a hedgehog;
- £10 for life-saving first aid treatment for a hedgehog;
- £13 for a course of antibiotics for a hedgehog;
- £40 to feed a hedgehog during an average 12 week stay;
- £50 for a tin of specialist milk formula for baby hedgehogs;
- £200 to keep a hedgehog in the Hospital for the whole winter to prevent hibernation (which can be fatal if hedgehogs are underweight or injured);
- £500 to buy an intensive care unit.
Your donation will make a difference and help fight the decline in hedgehog numbers. We are one of the largest hedgehog treatment centres in the country, and need your support to continue this vital work.
You can donate online through our donation page to help towards caring for hedgehogs.
Or you can send a cheque or P.O. (payable to “Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust”) to us at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Cow Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester, PO20 7LN.
Thank you from all the hedgehogs at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital.