UK Wildlife Rescue Support
From 1st June to 31st December i shall be doubling the contributions from profits of Wildlife News to the fund from 10% to 20%. This is to try and help towards the loss of income for many wildlife carers during the lock down and social distancing measures.
All across the UK there are dedicated lovers of wildlife who go out of their way to help injured or sick animals.
We always recommend that people find out who their local wildlife rescuers are and help them directly. But not everyone has the time to do that research. If that is you and you want to help get injured, sick and orphaned wildlife back into the wild then you can support our wildlife rescuers fund.
Supporting grassroots wildlife rescuers
The majority of grassroots wildlife rescuers are not big charities with lots of funding, the majority are individuals who take animals and birds into their own homes. They operate out of sheds, garages and even back rooms. They pay for all the food, equipment, treatment and medicines themselves with help from local supporters.
These rescuers help so many animals and birds that have often been impacted by our waste and activities. From waterfowl entangled in fishing line or plastic to badgers being hit by cars.
It’s through their time and effort that many creatures are eventually able to go back into the wild.
We always say help your own wildlife rescue centre first, but if you are not able to then please support our fund with additional donations.
Help for wildlife rescue centres
We’ve helped to;
- provide specialist hedgehog food for hog-lets and hedgehogs,
- re-equipped a shed with essential equipment after being vandalised,
- helped cover the cost of insulating and adding electricity and water supplies to a garage after the back room became too small,
- contributed towards a new shed to replace one damaged by flooding and storm damage,
- provided funds to help install a pond at a centre that was taking in a lot of waterfowl.
Over the years we’ve built up a lot of contacts at the grassroots. We want to help these dedicated people continue with their work.
If you don’t know your own local wildlife rescue centre then please help support our fund to help others look after our wild animals in distress.
Ways to find your local wildlife rescue carer
There are lots of independent wildlife carers around. Most towns, cities and villages will have at least one person local that will take in injured wildlife. You can try these methods to find your wildlife hospital or care centre.
- Facebook groups
Almost every village or suburb has a Facebook news or community group of some type. Just put a post on the group asking about who cares for local wildlife. You should quickly get a response. Even local buy and sell groups are a mind of local information.
- Google search
This is a good way but many independent wildlife carers and volunteers will not have web pages. They may have a Facebook page but many do not have the time or resources to maintain an active web site. You are more likely to find regional, semi-professional and professional wildlife carers and charities with a Google search.
- Check online directories
The RSPCA keep an list of wildlife rehabilitators and centres. There is also a searchable directory at Help Wildlife.
Donate and volunteer to support your local wildlife
Getting to know your local wildlife carer gives you the chance to support wild animals and birds from your own community. Many wildlife carers may specialise in one or two species but most will have a general approach to helping injured wildlife to recover.
Spend a morning a week with them and you could be helping local song-birds, hedgehogs, foxes and other animals depending on what live local. If you’re by a river that could include injured otters.
I used to live in the heart of Wolverhampton and helped a local wildlife rescuer. Even in the middle of industrial towns and cities you will find wildlife such as badgers who get injured and need help.
Obviously, not everyone has the time to help or support their local wildlife carer which is why we have this fund. People can donate to use and their donations will be added to our fund that supports wildlife carers and sponsors wild animals through their recovery.
How to help injured wildlife
There are a lot of larger wildlife hospitals around the UK. Many of them are registered charities and are well-funded. But across the UK are an army of independent wildlife rescuers operating out of back rooms, sheds and garages. Many of these are self-funded with a little bit of help from family and friends.
If you’d like to help your local wildlife one way is to find your local wildlife rescuers. Offer help as a volunteer or help with the running costs. Even small donations or help with buying food makes a big difference.
At Wildlife News we love supporting grass-roots local action which is why we have our wildlife rescuers funds. It’s to help towards larger unexpected costs. You can help by contributing towards our fund.
A big thanks to everyone who looks after our beautiful widlife.
It's not a lot but I hope it helps
Bless the little fur-babies, hope they get better soon
hope all the animals have a wonderful christmas and recover well
Thank you for your help in the past. Just want to make my own small contribution back
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Good to see you writing again. hope to get some more investigative articles from you. I still remember your story breaking the news of South Africa's plans to sell and ship 1,000 rhino to Texan big game hunters.
Keep up the good work.