West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, Somerset treats thousands of animals from the far Southwest, the West country and southern England every year.
The veterinary staff are complimented by experts in animal husbandry and rehabilitation, enabling the highest standards of treatment and care.
During the busy summer months, our staff are supported by tireless and committed volunteers – we just couldn’t survive without them!
Visiting West Hatch
Unfortunately, because welfare of the animals is our priority, we can’t allow the public to tour the centre. Too much human contact can prevent animals from making a full recovery. However, supervised visits to support vocational courses or groups can be booked in advance.
Bringing an injured animal to the centre
The centre is open for admission of wildlife casualties 365 days a year from 8am -9pm.
Out of hours, please call the 24-hour cruelty line: 0300 1234 999.
RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre,
Telephone: 0300 123 0721
Fax: 0303 123 8140
West Hatch has some of the best rehabilitation facilities in the country, with over 120 rooms and specifically designed enclosures. These include:
- A fully equipped veterinary examination room and operating theatre.
- A full range of intensive care units and rooms that can be individually controlled to provide correct conditions.
- An extensive range of indoor and outdoor pools for birds and seals.
- Large waterfowl paddocks.
- A bat flight to prepare bats for release.
- More than 25 large outdoor aviaries, long exercise aviaries used for assessing flight in birds as well as seclusion and release aviaries to ensure the best chance of survival after release. An oiled seabird cleaning room and tank for assessing the fitness of seabirds.
- Large paddocks for holding badgers and deer.
- A large classroom for educational visits and training.
How you can help
In 2012, it cost £3,091 to run West Hatch for a day and look after all the animals in our care. Please help keep this vital facility.
Donate to West Hatch Animal and Wildlife Centre