Each year some 3500 injured, orphaned, sick or distressed wild animals and birds are admitted to our centre where they receive expert care and veterinary treatment. Some (but very few) have fallen from nests in high winds, or are the survivors of attack or predation by other wild animals, but by far, the vast majority are the victims of human activity.
Road traffic accidents, entanglement in netting, fishing line and fish hooks, nest destruction, poisoning, burning, immersion in or ingestion of chemicals and attack by domestic cats and dogs are just a few of the incidents we deal with. (See the section ‘Wildlife Hazards’ for a more comprehensive list).
Although no precise figures are available, it is likely that many millions of wild animals are being killed and injured every year in the UK, in accidents that are largely preventable.
A large part of our work at Folly involves caring for young animals and birds that have been orphaned or separated from their parents, usually as a result of human interference.
We hand-rear everything from baby badgers, to day-old sparrows and even tiny goldcrests and at the height of the breeding season are caring for hundreds at a time.
Huge numbers of casualties are successfully returned to the wild (and always back to where they came from) but inevitably, some are just too badly injured and in these cases, very sadly, they have to be put to sleep.
Our education programmes, conducted primarily through leaflets and talks to school children and community groups, aims to raise awareness of the plight of our wildlife and hopefully help reduce the number of accidents and incidents occurring.
Additionally, many animals and birds are needlessly and wrongly persecuted and we work to dispel the many myths and misconceptions that can sometimes lead to them being harmed. For example, magpies are killing all our songbirds, foxes 'kill for fun' etc.
But our main aim is to promote an interest in, and respect for our natural wildlife heritage, which is under growing threat and in some cases (the hedgehog for example) at great risk of extinction.
You can make a secure online donation via our CAF page.
Click on the button below and a new page will open with a variety of options with which to pay online.
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