Week in Wildlife

What it's all about... an introduction.

We are incredibly passionate about our native wildlife, the environment that sustains it and the part that you, the public, can play in the success of local wildlife in both urban and rural spaces.

Each week we will talk about what’s going on in our gardens, parks and other wild spaces, and what you can do to help and support our increasingly threatened wildlife.  We will introduce you to the wildlife we care for at our shelter sharing stories of their rehabilitation, and hopefully, return to the wild.

We are always incredibly busy here, struggling for resources, staffing, and space; Spring finds us overflowing with chicks of all descriptions and in Autumn and Winter hedgehogs dominate every possible nook and cranny. No two days are ever the same and are always a mixture of laughter and tears.

And Finally…

Please, always remember to seek advice from the wildlife staff before bringing an animal to the rescue. If an animal is seriously injured, please take it to a vet as we don’t always have a vet on site. Most vets treat wildlife for free.

Autumn is here at Freshfields

Autumn is here at Freshfields

The last month has been as usual very hectic! Although, we are currently not admitting wild birds (due to the outbreak of Avian Influenza across the UK) the unit is still full of hedgehog admittances not slowing down and of course, not forgetting that the wildlife...

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Out and about in September

Out and about in September

September has been a busy month for the wildlife team – more hedgehogs are being admitted every day, with 35 hedgehogs being admitted this month. The winter months are looming, but for now the team are continuing to release hedgehogs that are fit and healthy enough to...

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Changing of the Seasons

Changing of the Seasons

With the warmer weather soon coming to an end, the wildlife team have been working hard to get releasing as many wild animals as possible, that are fit enough to be returned to the wild. In total, over the last four weeks 40 wild animals have been released from our...

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Out and About in July

Out and About in July

Unfortunately, we have had to close our doors this week to wildlife admittances – as the unit is at full capacity. The team are working extremely hard to care for over 240 wild and small animals – giving them the best possible chance at survival. If you find a wild...

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Bloom in June

Bloom in June

This month, we have had another 50+ wild animals admitted to our wildlife unit. The staff have been up at all hours of the night, hand feeding hedgehogs and birds – this is such a tiring and emotional job but working to save innocent lives is always worth it....

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Out and about in May

Out and about in May

The chaos of May has arrived – with over 70 wild animals being admitted to our wildlife unit this month! We were finally able to start admitting wild birds, as of the 2nd of May – as the Avian Influenza housing restrictions were eased. Since our doors have been...

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Spring is in full swing

Spring is in full swing

It has been a busy month on the wildlife unit. With the weather warming up, the team have started releasing hedgehogs that have been overwintering here. This month, 21 hedgehogs have been released back out into the wild – which is amazing! It is such a rewarding part...

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Out and about in March

Out and about in March

The weather is finally starting to improve – with the rising temperatures we can now start releasing more of the wild animals in our care. This month, we have released 13 wild animals – including hedgehogs, ducks and a gull. Yesterday, we had a very special moment, as...

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Spring is just around the corner

Spring is just around the corner

We have had another couple of quieter weeks on the wildlife unit looking after 72 hedgehogs - many who are still fast asleep and enjoying their hibernation. But did you know that a hedgehog’s hibernation is not necessarily one big snooze? When a hedgehog hibernates,...

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The start of 2022

The start of 2022

It’s the quiet time of year on the wildlife unit, even though we still have over 100 wild animals in our care. Hedgehogs are taking up most of the space, as sadly we are unable to admit any sick or injured wild birds – due to the Avian Influenza outbreak. Over 70...

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