Information for Rescue(r)s

helpwildlife.co.uk provides a directory of around 400 wildlife rescues in the UK who can help with wildlife casualties

If you are part of a rescue or an independent wildlife rehabilitator we would love to have you involved. Our ambition is to have a directory of all rescues and rehabbers in the UK, and advice articles covering as many casualty scenarios as possible. Our hope is that the advice articles will deflect some calls from rescues by enabling finders to find the information they need, and that the directory will enable finders to locate help from a nearby rescue quickly and easily. Here’s how you can help make this a reality

1. Sign up to our directory
Whether you’re part of a professional rescue caring for 3000 animals a year, or someone caring for half a dozen hedgehogs in your garden shed, we would love to include you in our directory. We’ve designed it so that finders are directed first to the big rescues with more space and so that small volume rescuers are only called upon when other options have been exhausted. You can even keep your details totally private and visible only to our helpdesk volunteers if you prefer. There’s information about the different ‘tiers’ of our directory at https://directory.helpwildlife.co.uk/add-a-listing/

2. Manage an existing listing
If your rescue is already listed, you can claim the listing and manage it yourself. This means you can ensure the details are up to date and set the listing as ‘temporarily closed’ if you’re full or taking a break. This is really helpful both in freeing up our volunteers’ time and, more importantly, in making sure that finders don’t waste time trying to contact you if you’re full up. You can find guidance on claiming and managing your listing at https://directory.helpwildlife.co.uk/rescue-guidance

3. Contribute to our advice portal
We have dozens of articles in our portal which aim to tell the public when they should intervene and when they should leave alone, as well as offering practical advice on steps to take. You can view them at https://helpwildlife.co.uk/advice/.
However there are, undoubtedly, gaps especially regarding more specialist species. We’d love to have you contribute an article (with credit, of course) or even just hear your thoughts on the existing articles – what information is missing? What could be clearer? Have we got anything wrong? We want to know. Please send us an email.

4. Tell us what YOU think HelpWildlife.co.uk should be
We’ve told you our ambition for the site – what do you think? Perhaps you can see a gap that we could fill or another way that we could raise awareness or help the public or wildlife rescues. We would love to hear your thoughts. Please send us an email.