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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We see many animals throughout the year but by far the most we get is the hedgehog.
Currently we have 145 hedgehogs that we clean and feed every day, with some needing intensive care. This is a job that couldn’t be done without the help of our volunteers.
Whilst these prickly little animals come in all year round, towards the end of each year we get many hedgehogs that are simply too small to hibernate so come to us for the winter.
With spring fast approaching we will be able to release our inmates back into their natural environment so they can live out their natural lives.
Dog/cat food and cat biscuits make up their diet while they are with us so this kind of donation is always welcome.
Every year the snow brings with it many animals that need help and the snow we had a few weeks ago was no exception. We were amazed to get a call out to an albino badger, which are exceptionally rare and an animal that we’ve never seen before at the hospital.
We believe he’d been hit by a car but he also had puncture wounds on his face and shoulder which had caused septicaemia.
Back at the hospital we tried to keep him going with anti-biotic and regular fluid injections but sadly, after four days, he died.
When badgers fight they are very aggressive and normally tear at the rump and neck. The wounds on our albino badger we not contestant of this as they were neat puncture wounds. We will never be certain as to what happened to him but what we do know is that he was 4-5 years old and probably had offspring so hopefully there are some more of these rare animals out there.
Don’t miss the 2013 The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital Summer Fair! Dates TBC.
We have a host of exciting events so join us for a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Watch live performances in the arena, look around the stalls, play fun games including, archery, target shooting, wellie wanging! Or relax and enjoy our barbecue with a cup of tea and some cake!
You’ll find us at Newton Tony Village Hall and playing field