Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust

Wildlife Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex

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.

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If you need urgent help …

Emergency

Please note that our emails and Facebook & Twitter messages are not monitored constantly.

Although we are happy to answer general wildlife queries via all those, it may take some time.

If you need urgent advice about sick or injured wildlife, please phone us on 01243-641672.

Wildlife Crime

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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.

Hetty the TV star

Nigel and Hetty

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!!

Back to the Wild

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

One of the many Hedgehogs at Brent Lodge Wldlife Hospital

Urgent Hedgehog Appeal

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 at www.bmycharity.com/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.

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A Hoggy message …

“Good morning! Excuse my mucky face and paws… I had been tucking into some breakfast just before this photo was taken!! I love eating meaty cat food and dog food. I am the smallest hoglet at Brent Lodge at the minute, I weigh just 197g. If I keep eating the way I am I will be a big hoggie before you know it!  I will need lots more cans of food, and newspapers ready for my bedding when I move out of my incubator!!! Hint hint….”

An Early Baby

SquabYes – it’s mid December. And yes, this baby pigeon (or “squab”) arrived at Brent Lodge this week! The hospital is full of hedgehogs, so this chap made a welcome change.

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