Happy Christmas and New Year to all our supporters who have helped us during 2014! It’s been a busy one and we are currently over wintering 180 hedgehogs!
All the best for 2015 and we look forward to another year of helping out Wiltshire’s Wildlife!
The WWH Team
The hospital is still getting a steady flow of hedgehogs in, there seems to have been quite a few dog bites this year. Marilyn has been working her magic and most have pulled through. There has also been quite a number of house martins and swallows in. In one incident a builder knocked down three nests, one with eggs and a newly hatched in and the others with older birds. Most of these have been released, Corinne still has 3 which will hopefully grow up in time to make the journey to Africa!
Back in July we had a very unusual swift arrive at the hospital.
Marilyn tried to release him last Friday as the window for releasing swifts is closing fast. He flew along the ground without gaining height which was disappointing as we can not over winter a swift. However on Monday hearing there had been a surge of swifts leaving our shores Marilyn released one of our younger swifts who went beautifully. She then tried again with his silver friend not really thinking he would actually go and as she held him with her hands she could feel how strong he was. With a gentle lift he FLEW watching him gain height until he disappeared against the clouds.
It was never confirmed if he was a different species or whether a unique colouring but at least we were able to release him back to the wild.
It’s good to see ourselves produce a quarterly newsletter again. Also, it is great to see the overwintered species released. It’s quite a heavy workload and costly, but works well. As usual replacement inpatients aren’t good enough to wait and the Spring and Summertime influx has been steady. Luckily, we have a number of regular volunteer helpers and collectors/rescuers to help keep on top of the work. There are gaps where some days are a bit light in help, which is what you get when you are a charity reliant on volunteers. Also, we are getting short of rescuers around the area, in particular, ones who can handle the more difficult and dangerous species. Anyone who would like to step up to the plate at the hospital or out doing rescues, do come forward.
On another note, I had hoped to report how we were getting on with the purpose built facilities within the main barn, which would give us secure and controlled areas for inpatients. We seem to have been let down yet again by the builders who were to head up the project. It is really disappointing, none of us are getting any younger and if we are to make this hospital work in the long term then we need good facilities that are earlier to use. Anyone who can help, once again, please do come forward. Funding is the other area that could do with some help. Anyone who would like to help attract some more money into the coffers please do just make yourself known.
So, we could do better, with developing facilities and funding, but the animal care, which has to be the most important aspect of our work, I consider to be exemplary. We always wish to do better and with better facilities and more help & funds, we would. Please do remember that we are manned by volunteers and funded mostly by donations, any help that you can give us can only improve things.
Mike Korkis – Hospital Manager and Chairman
It’s that time of year again! Sunday 10th August from 12 noon at Newton Toney playing field is our Summer Fayre and it’s going to be a corker!
With events in the arena, BBQ, stalls, games and much more you’d be mad to miss it! So come along and help raise much needed money for your local Wildlife Hospital and have a great family day out!
See you there,
The WWH team
Winter has come and 2013 is turning out to be a record breaker. With 160 hedgehogs in our care and numbers still rising we are in desperate need of food and help.
Any donations of cat biscuits (not fish flavour) and Orlando sausage meat for dogs would be most gratefully received.
We are also currently seeking regular volunteers who would be willing to spare a little time each week to help the team care for the animals. All the patients, from hedgehogs to deer, need cleaning and feeding everyday so there is plenty to do. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty then please call the hospital have a chat with Mike or Marilyn. No experience is necessary as full training will be given. You just need a pair of wellies!!
The WWH Summer Fair is nearly here!
This year there is going to be a British nature and wildlife photograph competition. There will be two categories, 16 & under and over 16s. Entrance is £2 and the two winners will receive a two hour experience with wildlife photographer Grant Auton. Please make sure your photos are sent to the hospital by Friday 19th and include your name, age and telephone number.
We also need various donations of bric-a-brac, homemade cakes, savouries and jams. Call the WWH for more specific details and if necessary we can arrange to collect. Please ensure donations are at the WWH by 13th July, unless it’s fresh produce which can be brought along on the 20th or 21st. Please don’t bring any donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, books etc. to the fair on the day. Thank you.
There will also be the fabulous BBQ, loads of games, a band, a bar and whole load of other things going on so please do come and support us!
See you there…. 21st July 11am at Newton Toney village hall and playing field!!
The WWH has a green token bin in ASDA, Andover for the next eight weeks. We are their first animal charity so let’s make it count!
Get shopping and dropping… it’s all for a good cause!
As some of you know it’s the WWH’s 20th birthday this year and to celebrate Jane and Tim Martin arranged a “not so surprise” party! Everyone who came brought offerings of food and drink and we ended up with quite a spread including some wonderful homemade cakes!
Marilyn commented afterwards “We had an amazing party laid on for us by our volunteers to celebrate 20 years of the WWH on Friday evening. Although it wasn’t a total surprise it was overwhelming to see so many of our volunteers all in one room! We could not have got this far without the dedication and support from all our wonderful volunteers who come from the length and breadth of Wiltshire and beyond! Here’s to the next 20!”
Visit our gallery to see some photos.
The date for the Summer Fair will be Sunday 21 July 2013!
Events TBC but there will be plenty of stalls including jewellery, bric-a-brak, crafts and cakes and silly games such as welly-wanging and archery.
We’ll also have a fabulous BBQ and plenty of delicious home make cakes and a raffle! AND there will be exciting things going on in the arena including a dog show – bring your pooch!
A fun family day so come along and enjoy the WWH Summer Fair with us!
Watch this space for more details soon…
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