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 above (tap it to play) for more information. Further details about the organisation are also available on our About Us page.
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.
Wow how time flies. We have been rather busy at Brent Lodge lately, so I wanted to take the time to give you all an update of what’s been happening.
Since my last post, we have taken on some new volunteers and staff who have already started to do wonders. One very kind lady is going to take the time to bring you all the behind the scenes news of what’s going on at the hospital. She is also going to be able to start that feature I mentioned beforehand, and do one to one interviews with our lovely volunteers and staff, so you can learn more about the great work they do in more detail.
Our brand new buildings are finished and in use!! The new feed store is purpose built, allowing us to hold more food of different types for the animals and have it better protected from the elements. Once again this could not have been possible without the support of all our followers and supports, so again a big thank you from myself and Brent Lodge.
On a personal note from me, it’s been wonderful meeting many of you over these past few months. It has been amazing seeing first hand how everyone helps the charity in different ways. One thing I get asked regularly by our supports and visitors to the site is “how else could I help”?
We have two shops, one in Selsey, Havant and another new opened up in Worthing. We always are looking for volunteers to help in our shops, and always need stock to help generate much needed funds. If you are looking to help Brent Lodge some more and not sure how, a bag of books, clothes, furniture or even a few volunteering hours makes all the difference.
If you would like to know more about Brent Lodge or to catch up on the latest happenings, please do feel free to email in and I will be more than happy to help.
Until next time, take care.
I would like to take this time to update you on the latest news here at Brent Lodge. Firstly my name is Robert Knight and I am the new General Manager for the Charity. I look forward to meeting you all at our shops and events as we work towards helping this amazing Charity.
The building work is well underway at the site and we hope to be in our new feed store very soon. This has only been made possible by the amazing support that you all have given us, so from the very bottom of my heart I thank you on behalf of the Charity.
Our latest newsletter is out, grab a copy and keep update to with the latest animal stories and Brent Lodge news.
Finally, over the next week weeks and months I will keep you updated through website updates and will be excited to run our new feature. “Meet the Staff”. This will be a new feature for Brent Lodge where we will get to go behind the scenes and found out about the volunteers and the staff at the Charity and introduce you to the work they do in more detail.
If you wish to know more or wish to donated to us, please do email in and we will be more than happy to help.
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!
To sign up please click 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.