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Wildlife Hospital Open Day

Saturday 3rd May, was the 17th Open Day at the London Wildcare Wildlife Hospital. This hospital costs over £100,000 a year to run and with no external funding, these Open Days, are important events in their fundraising calendar.

London Wildcare is one of the UK's leading professional wildlife care facilities. Each year, they provide a unique specialist service to about 4000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals from across Greater London and beyond. There are trained medical and rescue personnel (as well as about a hundred volunteers), who are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to any wildlife emergency. They work to educate and inform the public about the importance of protecting and conserving both our wildlife and the natural environment.

There are three Open Days every year, (next one is 24th August), which attract up to three thousand visitors and allow people to see the work first hand. As some of us here at Croyweb are rather fond of our furry friends, we just had to scurry along to have a little look.

London Wildcare Wildlife Hospital is situated at Beddington Park, Wallington, in some very nice surroundings. We enter via a courtyard and into a huge barn that was buzzing with stalls and visitors. Through the back of the barn was the rear courtyard, where to our delight we found 'outside pens' with ducks, birds, squirrels, foxes and badgers…….and an owl tooooooo!

There were Refreshments, Tombola etc. etc etc. - but what we wanted to see were………. more animals!! In the main building are the Fox Ward, Intensive Care Ward, Baby Bird Ward, Bird/Hedgehog Ward and the Treatment Room. It was all rather smelly but an unbelievable amount of patients to peer at - even a hedgehog and we haven't seen one of them in years. There was so much to see, but after a sensational win on the Tombola, we had to drag ourselves away and head for the nearest pub……….just joking!

Having had first hand experience of their services, Croyweb know how vital their work is. London Wildcare fully deserve all the support they can get for the service they do. It would be very distressing for us and devastating for 'our wildlife' if they were not there to help.

"This is what London Wildcare is all about ~ redressing the impact of man upon our wildlife by giving those that come our way a vital second chance to return to the life to which they were born." (Ted Burden - Director)

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