It’s been an awful few weeks and there’s still the threat of even more rain. I’ve been in touch with a number of amateur wildlife rescuers I know. The responses have been a bit mixed.
Fortunately, even those who have been impacted by the worst of the flooding have got away with limited damage. All the expensive equipment was high enough to avoid the waters. Just the one rescuer has to replace her electrical system in her shed.
The worst of the damage seems to loss of sacks of food on the floor and ruined stocks of things like hay for bedding.
Generally the wildlife rescuers I network with think they’ve got away quite lightly.
The issue now is with a lot of bedraggled and sick wildlife being bought in or needing help. From hedgehogs to badgers and wild birds there’s a lot of sorry looking creatures around.
I will admit I was a little worried about our local otters. But the River Usk is dropping now and I saw the others out on the bank this morning. The last time we had flooding this bad we sadly lost the others as the holt entrance tunnel collapsed. We had no otters for about 2 years until the area got recolonized by another otter family.
Fortunately, it’s not a long-term issue. Most just need to get dry, get warmed up and have a few nourishing meals to get their strength back. Then they just need somewhere dry to wait until the waters start to recede and they can go home.
Please help to support your local wildlife rescue. They will appreciate your support over the next few weeks.
If you don’t know who your local wildlife rescue is then you can help by donating to our fund which will be passed on to rescuers that I network with.
A small start to help the appeal. Sadly I just made a large donation to help repair a vandalized rescue facility so budget is sadly lacking… Read more
A small start to help the appeal. Sadly I just made a large donation to help repair a vandalized rescue facility so budget is sadly lacking at the moment.