Hospital Open Day
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
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.
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
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
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)
the London Wildcare website for more information at www.londonwildcare.org
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