As well as its practical work with wildlife rescue, the Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust is committed to raising awareness of the plight facing much of our of wildlife.
Vast numbers of wild animals are killed and maimed each year in accidents, that are, by and large easily preventable. Many of these are highlighted in the section Hazards to Wildlife and through its leaflets and talks to school children, colleges and community groups, the Trust looks to promote the message that everyone can help reduce the deadly toll the modern world is taking on our natural wildlife heritage.
Many species are already under tremendous pressure from over-development and loss of habitat and it is likely that the additional losses many populations incur through man-made hazards, have led to their further demise and even disappearance from many parts of the country.
Hedgehogs are a case in point; people visiting the centre often tell us that ‘they used to see hedgehogs in their gardens, but not any more’ The evidence suggests that many, formally healthy populations, already reeling from the impact of vastly increased levels of road traffic, are simply unable to cope with the additional effects of over-development, over-tidy and close-board fenced gardens (which restrict their home ranges and therefore ability to feed), domestic dog attack, injury by garden machinery, pesticides, steep-sided ponds and garden netting.
Education Assistant Aimee Taylor with a hedgehog
A recent Mammal Society report suggests that hedgehogs may well become extinct in the UK in the next 20 years unless something is done to reverse the decline. Once they’ve gone, it’s likely they’re gone forever.
Additionally, many other favourite (and formally very common) species are now in decline and under threat. Starlings, house sparrows, songthrushes as well as many migratory birds such as the house martin, swift, swallow and cuckoo have seen their populations nose-dive in recent years.
Man’s onward march towards more and more development is it appears unstoppable, so it’s up to everyone to do their bit. It may not appear that important to check that your dog isn’t injuring hedgehogs or that the garden netting you left lying around has entangled and killed a grass snake, but it is, and it’s even more important that the next generation has a different attitude towards wildlife and the natural world than our present one, which to say the least, in some quarters, is often one of complete and total indifference to their fate.
You can make a secure online donation via our Virgin Money Giving page.
Click on the button below and a new page will open with the form and a variety of options with which to pay.
Your kind and generous donation will directly help injured wildlife.
It is easy to set up a regular standing order by clicking the CAF image below. You will be taken to The Southern Wildlife Care and Advisory Trust's page on the CAF website where it will take just a few easy steps to set up a standing order by direct debit.
Invicta Insurance Services Ltd offer competitive insurance rates and if you take out an insurance policy with them quoting "Project Hedgehog" they will make a generous donation of £20 to Folly Wildlife Rescue.
In return, you will receive an Adoption Pack for ROSIE THE HEDGEHOG containing a colour certificate, hedgehog beanie, fact sheet and a Folly fridge magnet!
easyfundraising.org.uk is a great way to raise money for Folly Wildlife Rescue just by shopping online. You donít pay anything extra.
All you need to do is use click on the banner below to use our easyfundraising portal. Every time make a purchase from your favourite online retailers using the link below Folly Wildlife Rescue will receive a small payment, with no extra cost to you.
With the endless stream of wildlife casualties brought in to Folly Wildlife Rescue we are continually looking for stocks of essential items to aid recovery. With the introduction of our new nursery we will be able to cater for even more little babies, and with that comes more expense and that is where you, our supporters, may be able to help.
Our Amazon Wish List is updated frequently with all the essential items we needr. Your support is absolutely invaluable to us and every item purchased is a vital saving for our charity.
An adoption pack makes a great gift for a birthday or Christmas (or you can always treat yourself!) and is a very practical way to help hedgehogs in distress.
As well as illnesses and injuries the species is now seriously threatened by loss of habitat and housing developments, increased road traffic and unsympathetic farming practices