About Our Directory

helpwildlife.co.uk provides free advice on humane, holistic pest control methods

We began our list of UK wildlife rescues back in 2005. Although there were other sites which listed animal rescues, they relied entirely on submissions, listed all rescues (not just wildlife specific ones), and they weren’t kept up to date. When a member of the public finds a wildlife casualty, it is essential they find details of a rescue who can help without delay so we wanted to do something different.

We only list rescues which can help with wildlife and we proactively look for new rescues to add. We check every listing at least every six months to make sure the contact information remains up to date although, in practice, between rescues being able to edit their own listings, feedback left by visitors, and the feedback we get via our helpdesk, we generally know pretty quickly if a rescue changes their contact information, closes down, or even if they’re full. This, we think, makes our directory unique and the most reliable and up to date list of wildlife rescues available.

Our aim is to list every rescue helping wildlife in the UK. However, we found that, as the site became well known and started to be recommended by wildlife rescues, the RSPCA and the RSPB, some smaller rescues found the number of calls generated by a listing on the site was too much to handle. So, in 2019, we introduced a three tier system to the directory, so the bulk of the contacts were directed at the larger rescues and smaller rescues could reduce their visibility.

We also began to receive queries about whether we vetted the rescues we list or what we do when there are issues with a rescue. You can read more about this at helpwildlife.co.uk/directory-standards

If you are a rescue/r and would like to add yourself to our directory or claim an existing listing so you can edit it yourself, you’ll find guidance on this at helpwildlife.co.uk/guidance-for-rescues/