Our wildlife centres
Closure of our facilities to the public
Due to the UK Government announcement - our network of animal centres, wildlife centres and charity shops must close to the public until further notice.
Although we remain committed to looking after all of the animals in our care, from 25 March no animals can be sent out on adoption or fostering. No animals can be admitted from the public, this includes wildlife.
Even though our centres are now closed to the public, our inspectors are still working hard to rescue animals in need and bring them into the safety of our care. If you need to report cruelty you can do so, as always, by calling us on 0300 1234999.
This is an incredibly difficult time for us and we appreciate your ongoing support during the Coronavirus crisis.
We have four wildlife centres:
- East Winch in Norfolk
- Mallydams Wood in East Sussex
- Stapeley Grange in Cheshire
- West Hatch in Somerset.
Between them the centres took in 18,337 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals in 2018. Together, they provide specialist care for the rehabilitation of wildlife throughout England and Wales.
Find out more about:
- Our rehabilitation of wildlife work.
- Release of animals back to the wild following rehabilitation.
- Monitoring wildlife after release
Lots of the RSPCA animal centres and branches also take in sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, plus we work with a number of other wildlife rehabilitators to rehabilitate casualty wildlife.
Our wildlife centres are equipped with veterinary surgeries, isolation cubicles, orphan wards and a variety of paddocks, pools, pens and aviaries to accommodate the many species of wild animal they admit, from fox cubs to birds of prey.
RSPCA wildlife centre admissions consist of 76 per cent birds, 23 per cent mammals and one percent everything else! Hedgehogs were the most commonly-admitted species in 2012.
Can centres provide advice on the care of wildlife?
The wildlife centres, together with the wildlife department, have developed wildlife rehabilitation protocols, based on their knowledge, experience and detailed research. These describe the best husbandry (ways to care) for these animals and are updated as science and knowledge progress.
Wildlife rehabilitation is very tricky and best left to experts, so that the animals have the best chance of survival back in the wild. We would always recommend that if you find a wild animal that you think is injured or orphaned, you hand it to an experienced rehabilitator, or call us on 0300 1234 999.
Working at our wildlife centres