July update: Help for Wildlife
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
1w ago
Help for wildlife Secret World is working full pelt at the moment with all the rooms overflowing with birds calling for feeds and an assortment of bats, hedgehogs and weasels to name but a few. The badger and fox cubs are out in the enclosures and the fawns are in their paddock. It is a busy time of year as most of the 5,000 casualties come in from April to October. Many of you will not realise that last year the RSPCA notified all wildlife centres and vets that they would no longer be responding to calls for wildlife that were the size of rabbits and smaller. Members of the public are told t ..read more
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June update: Sunny Days for Snakes
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
1w ago
Sunny days for snakes Lovely hot summer days are really good for finding basking snakes enjoying the summer warmth. We only have three snakes in this country and the smooth snake is not usually found in the Southwest as it tends to live more in the south. The ones that we are likely to see are the adder and grass snake. The adder is the only venomous snake that we have, and even then, a bite is not likely to be fatal although certainly causing discomfort with swelling. The venom is used just to paralyse its prey which can be small mammals and ground nesting birds. The adder has a zig zag patt ..read more
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May update: Is It Working?
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
1w ago
Is it working? Our aim at Secret World Wildlife Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate and release – giving the casualty a second chance in the wild. With adults, it’s easy because we always make sure that they return back to where they came from. So, if it’s a Blackbird from Taunton, once fully recovered, it will be taken back to Taunton. This means it will know its territory, where to find food and where to hide and sleep. With orphaned animals, they won’t be returned to where they came from as they would be chased away by their parents, so a new home is found for them. An aviary or enclosure is ..read more
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David’s 24-hour line dance challenge
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by David Plant
2M ago
Hello! I’m David, the Fundraising Manager at Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Some of you will know me from meeting me at events, or as the person who does a wild fundraising challenge around this time of year. For everyone else, I’m the one who sends you all the appeal letters, emails, newsletters, etc. to raise money for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and to thank you for your support. It’s a tough and never-ending job, but it’s such a pleasure working with all you wildlife lovers to save wildlife together.  On that subject, I need your help again! I’m taking on a big challenge this ..read more
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April update: Natures Miracles
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
3M ago
The start of spring, and all arounds us the miracle of life takes place – often without us being aware. From a chrysalis emerging from the soil as a butterfly, hedgehogs and dormice coming out of hibernation ready to mate, to the sounds of different species of birds singing and protecting their territory. They will also be finding food for their mate who is probably sitting incubating the eggs in the nest. When we used to rear rare breeds of poultry, I was fascinated by incubation, whether it was eggs under a broody hen or in an incubator. The fact that there is everything in an egg to becom ..read more
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March update: The start of the baby bird season!
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
4M ago
The Blackbird is usually the first of our garden birds that start to nest from early March onwards. That’s why they herald that season for us and as soon as it arrives, we know within a few months we will be in the middle of the ‘silly season’ with hundreds of mouths to feed. It’s the female that builds the nest and the male that protects its territory. The male is the one with completely black feathering with a bright orange beak and yellow eye ring. The female is brown with a spotted chest, as are the juveniles, which often get confused with the thrush. Having been sent out to collect a bl ..read more
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February update: Beavering around!
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
4M ago
Well, it was bound to happen and a couple of months ago we had two otters reported in a overflow drain. One of our staff went to look at the problem and was surprised to find two juvenile beavers! Using a net, he was able to catch both beavers and return with them in a cage. They were both very heavy so obviously in good condition but with all the heavy rain we have had through the month, they had probably been caught in a flood. One was slightly larger than the other so were given the romantic names of Big Tail and Little Tail. They were passed on to the RSPCA at West Hatch as they have ..read more
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January update: 2024 – The Year to Volunteer
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
4M ago
With so many increases in prices, it is hard to think of helping charities by giving donations no matter what their aims and objectives are. However maybe you have some time to spare and that is invaluable to all charities? If you are able to volunteer a few hours whether it is once a week or once a month it means such a lot. I know we wouldn’t be able to help all the wildlife casualties if we didn’t have reliable volunteers and with the changes that are happening at Secret World, I think we will be needing more! I’m very pleased to say that Secret World has become a Veterinary practice with ..read more
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SWWR 2023 Auction and Ball – A night ‘Down Under’
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by George Bethell
7M ago
Our annual Auction and Ball took place on 21st October at the beautiful Webbington Hotel and Spa. With a theme of ‘Down Under in Australia’, as well as guests in black ties and ball gowns, we welcomed surfer dudes, Miss Australia, and cassowaries through the doors of the Webbington! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended, it’s so humbling to see so many people coming together to help wildlife. A special thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress of Weston-super-Mare for attending and helping out with our raffle draw, the band (Juice) and the magician (Adam Richards Magic) for ke ..read more
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November update: Prickly November
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
by Secret World
8M ago
Prickly November It’s that time of year that animal lovers worry about their hedgehogs. Females who have had a late birth of hoglets will sometimes desert them as there is little time for them to get up to hibernation weight of 600gms. It is more important for them to put weight on themselves to survive the winter to be able to breed again next year, mind you the lovely weather we have been having recently, the cold days seem a long way away. If the hedgehogs are coming in for food at the moment, then they should be ok but hedgehogs, especially tiny ones, wandering around during the day usua ..read more
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