Willow Wildlife Rescue is a family run unit caring for injured or sick animals.
We're Pat and Eddie, who run Willow Wildlife Rescue. Unfortunately, due to age, we're no longer able to come out and collect sick and injured animals but can offer free advice and other useful information regarding how to deal with any animal you've found. We are also still able to care for a number of animals at our home if you're able to bring them to us.
We are self-funded, relying on fundraising events as Fetes and Shows and any donations made by people that we are able to help. The money raised is spent on vet bills, food and medication for the varied selection of creatures that we care for until they are fit and able to be released back into the wild where they belong.
Apart from the money spent on food and natural remedies to treat the animals, the vet bills for a twelve-month period are normally in excess of £3,000. The cost of food and bedding for the varied creatures that come in averages £3,500, maintenance of the units and cleaning materials £1,000. The electricity used for infrared heating lamps etc. are paid for by us personally.
We feel strongly that the future of our environment and the creatures that live in it is in the hands of today’s children and young people and we believe that it is important that they see and learn about our native wildlife. To this, we give talks to brownies, cub scout groups, schools and playgroups, who sometimes want to make a donation and we never say no!
Animals we care for
Each year, fox cubs are raised and rehabilitated in time to disburse along with others brought up by mum in the wild. Other creatures cared for in the unit regularly include frogs, herons, blackbirds, sparrows, greenfinches, blue tits, goldfinches, robins, wagtails, thrushes, badgers, hedgehogs, owls, kestrels, sparrowhawks, squirrels, woodpeckers, bats, swifts (that sometimes have to overwinter if they do not recover in time for migration) and the inevitable doves and pigeons! Other guests have included ducks, geese and swans.