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Nicky
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Nicky

Thank you for setting up this helpful directory 🙂
PS. I registered and set up a profile on Friday but when I now try to login it says my username is invalid?

Ms K Felton
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Ms K Felton

Today I found a young hedgehog wandering , distressed in my lane in Longworth, . There was too little website information on your charity for me to bring it to you. Instead I travelled to Haddenham, in rush hour, to find it a safe place. Your website needs clearer contact information and directions, especially with regard to getting an animal somewhere safe outside ordinary working hours..

June wokingham
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June wokingham

Thank you for the supporting page I have managed to find help for baby hedgehogs

Charlotte York
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Charlotte York

The website is complicated, lacks information and a poor map that is difficult to interact with. It is one of the worst websites I have come across. By the time I have found help to give to a rook I have found I almost feel like not bothering. I think you are letting the UK’s wildlife down by appearing to have something in place where they can be helped and the reality of actually being able to easily access information and help. I love wildlife and this site has made me wonder how many casualties have been abandoned or not… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

Charlotte York, disgraceful comments. Shame on you. It’s almost like the service ‘owes’ you. These are kind caring considerate people that do not deserve to listen to your utter crap.

Susan
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Susan

A fantastic directory that I stumbled across when looking for help regarding an injured pigeon I’d found. This site directed me to Every Feather, a local place for rehab and rescue for pigeons. That evening the pigeon was in an incubator at Every Feather. On meeting Stephanie I found her to be a kind gentle person, I was immediately impressed by her knowledge and handling of the bird. I left feeling confident that the bird was in a good place.

Rebecca Brooks-white
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Rebecca Brooks-white

My cat kindly bought home two baby squirrels for me last week. After calling my local vets i was directed to this site. I called the rescue centre nearest to my location and received lots of helpful advise on how to care for them until they could be picked up. My children were sad to see them go and are eager to find out if they were ok?

Suzanne Talbot
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Suzanne Talbot

This site was recommended by one of the bird rescue groups I am part of on Facebook and I am so glad they did because it is useful to know where rescue places are and what animals are cared for. I have also recommended this site to others.
Thank you for setting it up.

walter biss
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walter biss

Thanks for your very prompt service..couldn’t asked for better
service and most pleasant personell

Lynn Curnow
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Lynn Curnow

Found a baby hedgehog in a blocked drain and was frantically searching for a rescue or help & advice centre nearest to us. Found that difficult & too time consuming, until I came across your page where all the places were listed, with a helpful map & distance information too. Brilliant search page and without it I would doubtlessly have been spending even longer trying to find somewhere in Cornwall and nearest to us, whilst poor little hedgie was needing our constructive help. Great page, thank you very much 😊

T. Hutchinson
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T. Hutchinson

After being pushed from pillar to post I found this website which directed me to Swampys sweetness who were a great help.

Norma Wood
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Norma Wood

Thanks to this website I was able to contact Lowton Hedgehog Rescue who gave advice regarding how to deal with a distressed hedgehog that we found in the garden. We took the hedgehog into the centre and the lady said she thought it may have concussion. Hopefully Hazel the hedgehog will recover so we will be able to collect her and return her to our garden.

Val Craddock
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Val Craddock

Lots of useful telephone numbers and advice. Thank you. Nice to see it all in one place. Keep up the good work.

Pasqualina Iarrobino
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Pasqualina Iarrobino

I found this website through the RSPB website. it was really helpful and I was swiftly provided with the contact details of a wildlife rescuer who happened to live in the next town. He was so helpful too. I am relieved that the bird will be looked after and is out of danger as my neighbourhood has quite a few cats (I have two also, but they were kept indoors). Thank you to the website and the kind rescuer!

Janette Bailey
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Janette Bailey

Needed to find someone to help 2 baby hedgehogs found near my home. this website came up with a contact name near me and they were taken to the rescue centre for further care. Very helpful thank you.

Karen Allen
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Karen Allen

I totally agree with your opinion on racing pigeons. One has been in my garden for nearly a week. He is fit and well. Eats and drinks with the other feral pigeons who visit my garden. I have no intention of finding its owner for fear of the sad consequences. He will i am sure return to his instincts. As far as I am concerned he is better off in my garden. I live in a very rural area lots of fields trees and a low level river. I have numerous wild burds visit my garden and I care for… Read more »

Debbie
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Debbie

You fail to say where to take the bird. Rescue centres don’t exist anywhere near South Oxfordshire.

Splodges
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Splodges

I think the comments section would benefit from showing most recent comments first. When you first access it it looks like the most recent comment is 2006. Also you have to scroll a very long way down to get to the box to put your comment in.

Splodges
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Splodges

Great site. Having just rescued a baby wren from our balcony I was worried it would be rejected by parents. But greatly reassured by you saying they don’t have a great sense of smell. It rested on my hand for a while then flew off very strongly and in the right direction so fingers crossed. Thank you.

Oyate
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Oyate

Thanks to your help we have made room for our resident baby Hog. but as soon as we put the phone down to report we discovered two more babies. following all the advise and help to make our life in their world easier. Will do our best to protect the little ones.

janettebailey@hotmail.com
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janettebailey@hotmail.com

Found the number of my local rescue centre immediately from the website and advice about finding a baby hedgehog which is now on its way to my local rescue centre.
Thank you.

Valm
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Valm

This is by far the best website for wildlife rescue I have found.
It is always difficult to keep these lists up to date but I found two rescues that are no longer in operation. One is Three Owls Bird Sanctuary and Reserve. There used to be an excellent bird / animal hospital at this site but now only telephone advice is given. The other is Hedgehog Rescue in Rochdale, another excellent place, which now sadly shows as a permanently closed.
I’m sure that I will need to use this website in future. Many thanks and best wishes.

Sorted
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Sorted

Enabled me to find tel number of local Wildlife Aid Centre re young magpie that had flown down the chimney and was trapped in the lounge, as our windows open inwards vertically at the top only and he couldn’t manage the manouvre. Thank you.

Looby loo
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Looby loo

Excellent source of information just when you need it fast and without fuss. Found a wildlife rescue centre near me that I never knew existed. So getting the baby hedgehog that I found wandering about during the daytime some help turned out to be more straightforward than I thought it was going to be. I knew the rspca would be a waste of time, so what a relief to find some one who could help me quickly.

Rachel
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Just found out about this website from Swan Life Line in Windsor and we will be sure to use it in future thank you. There is a phone number for Bishop’s Wood Swan Rescue (07977 209547) that doesn’t appear to be working, if you could check it out that would be great thanks, Rachel.

Franthevet
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Hi, I’m a vet in west Yorkshire with an especial interest in wildlife. Like most vets, we ‘ll examine and do emergency treatment/euthanasia of all wildlife for free but I am increasingly frustrated by the rspca . Many people ring them first often causing delays and therefore increased suffering for the animal or give wrong advice ie picking up fledgling and bringing them to use when they’re not injured therefore loosing the chance of reuniting the bird with its parent. Had never heard of you but checked out wildlife centres near me, some of which we use but there are… Read more »

Edna
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The foxwebsite.org that you give a link to is not the Bristol uni site, it’s a casino site in the US!!

Mike
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Please don’t use your own map of rescue centres, use Google maps – then the info is available to all.

Nickname ( required )
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Trying to find your phone number is hopeless.
Why don’t you list it prominently?

Karen
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I am looking after a dehydrated exhausted juvenile gull. I have read your section about baby birds and was pleased to see a separate category for gull chicks. It was very reassuring to know that young gulls often leave the nest before they are fully able to fly – this explained our patient’s predicament! He/she is feeding and drinking well, and I hope to open the cage door in a couple of days!
Thank you.

Kaz
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I was looking for rescue centres near me when I noticed one in the South Downs national park, however it was Hollycroft Hedgehog Rescue in Tillington, Hereford; which is not in the South Downs. Did not want to use feature on their page as not reviewing them in any way, just saying that they are appearing in the wrong spot on the map

Claire
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Alot of the centres have been discontinued and I was unable to speak to anyone about an injured pigeon. When I finally managed to locate someone in Somerset (there was no listing at all in Bristol and I don’t have a car) he was lovely but the pigeon had quietly died in the hours it had taken to locate anyone. Though the information on the site is useful, the cases studies are awful, which ends up creating extra anxiety to an all ready anxious situation. I’m really appreciate the contact I did make as he said he would help in… Read more »

Sarah
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This has helped me find a pigeon friendly rescue centre, I’m very grateful. Thank you.

Sarah
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Thank you, I have managed to find a pigeon friendly rescue centre due to this site. I looked after Pat the pigeon for 4 days but was finding it difficult as I have 2 cats and no area to keep the pigeon outdoors, which I think is probably best. This has been very helpful. I will be making a donation to the rescue centre I found in Great Wyrley.

Andy
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I have often wondered why so many hedgehogs get run over…last night I got an incite. On an empty road I saw a lump in the road…it turned out be a hedge that had reacted to my car lights. As I approached, I could see it what it was an slowed down and steered around it…no problems so far. Then, when it obviously got rattled by the noise and vibration of my appraching car, it unfurled and moved right in front of me!!. I fortuntely just missed..but was very close…even though I was prepared and undistracrlted by anything else!! Any… Read more »

Melissa
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This site is incorrect I regarding foxes and domestic cats. I have had a fox coming up into our back garden. I saw it today praying on my cat and scared it off. Tonight my cat was out and attacked by the fox. My cat lost it’s foot and part of it’s tail and had to be taken into emergency. He is now going to have to have his whole leg amputated.

Su
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Love the site ,but the link to the form to complete to offer to get involved does not seem to wor – is there any way you can send this to me?

A.B
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Very useful site. Please could you add an edit button to the comments section. I wrote some feedback late at night and couldn’t correct the mistakes so ending up leaving a few entries (please delete the earlier ones!).

Nin
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Thank you for your website and rescue service. A friend rescued a pigeon. The pigeon couldn’t walk and had a head injury. We were staying at a hotel. Unfortunately, it was after six and the other rescues were closed. RSPCA suggested taking the pigeon to a vet but there wasn’t any around. So we called the Pigeon Rescue Team from the Help Wildlife website The lady came within 2 hours. Apparently, she took the tube. So please donate to these nice folks. Thanks again!

Joolia
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Thanks for providing help and guidance on how to assist animals and birds in distress. There is nothing worse than not knowing what to do.

Priscilla
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Thank you for this service and website. I rescued a frightened baby pigeon tonight on my way home from work. It was being preyed upon by two cats but I scared them off and was able to get a box from a neighbour. I didn’t know if anywhere would take it in. This website have me confidence I could find a vet and 2 hours later it was safely at a 24 hour vet. I hope it survives and thank my husband and landlord for their help with transport and loan of a car.

Max
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A very helpful website which helped me locate a wildlife rescue centre not that far away, which did take the injured woodpigeon which I was trying to find a place for. Unfortunately, two of the nearer rescue centres I had found on the website seemed to not be taking admissions or didn’t have a website/incorrect link – but one of those actually had a comment on their listing saying they weren’t taking new admissions, which at least saved me time trying to look at their website/call them to find out. Obviously wildlife rescue is expensive work, and relies on donations,… Read more »

kathy
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Super site – found the contact details that I needed easily as well as other interesting and useful information – many thanks 🙂

Mrs G
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We came across an injured baby moorhen who’s legs weren’t working this morning and thanks to your website we found SESAW in Essex who took the little guy in. They were closed when I called however as it was an emergency the answer machine said to come down anyway. A really helpful lady took it it. Many thanks for listing all the wildlife centres near us- some I was completely unaware off!

Elaine
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My cat got a baby bird this morning. I did my best to keep it safe and warm while trying to find a local sanctuary. I was so grateful to find a register on your website. RSPB no use at all. Thank you so much. Our bird is in expert hands now.

combo
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you failed to address the issue of – what happens if you cannot find a sanctuary for the bird & have to keep it?

i rescued an injured “racer” (now recovered) & i’m afraid to release it for reasons you have mentioned.

Fish
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Recently contacted help wildlife when a young starling flew into a window. Although the bird was trying to move it just couldn’t get its balance and kept falling over. Kept it in a box for several hours and then rang Birds of a Feather which is based near Rochdale. Robert answered immediately and said to bring it round for him to check on its condition. He kept the bird overnight and rang me the next day to update on its progress. It still couldn’t stand up properly but had been eating well. We arranged that I would ring him after… Read more »

TC
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Not on single place in Leeds that can help an injured bird. Shameful to say the least as we also have wild animals.

BusyBee
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A wood pigeon crashed into my upstairs window badly injuring its wing. Via Google and the RSPB I found your website and the listing of Pigeon Rescue in London. The second phone number worked and I was able to get the pigeon to people who know how to treat it. A big relief. Your site is a great resource for finding wildlife rescue organisations! Thank you

hazeofvenus
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This site offers clear, practical advice & its obvious that the volunteers are experienced & have integrity. I do feel totally helpless, however & not very hopeful for my casualty. The sad truth is that I don’t have the right expertise & it seems that no one will want to help my nestling. I wish there was advice about how to make them comfortable whilst waiting for the inevitable. I apologise for my pessimism 🙁

Ramila
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There seems to be a bird stuck in the chimney at my friends house, but the fire place is enclosed. Can we call someone to get it out?