charity near Burnham set to expand with new orphans centre
wildlife in the Burnham-On-Sea area will soon have a new crèche
with the launch of new facilities at a wildlife centre.
Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill says work is well
underway on their new orphans centre which will be ready in time
for early spring arrivals, such as baby hedgehogs and young badgers.
Weston, Head of Facilities at Secret World, says: "Most of
our orphan rearers are staff or volunteers at Secret World, and
the babies cant be left alone while their carers are on
site. The new area will be a space for wildlife babies who need
24-hour care to stay safe and warm."
couldnt make this project happen without the help of local
businesses and volunteers. Somerlap and BSW Timber have generously
donated all the timber, and volunteers have been hard at work
getting the new facility ready in time for February, when we could
start to see baby badgers needing our help."
constructed a wooden floating floor that sits above the original
floor, and walls to enclose the area. Our next steps are to finish
the plastering and the electrics, and fit out the room with units
including sinks, workstations, swift boxes, and a special unit
charity has this week appealed for the public's support to equip
the new facility with incubators, sterilisers and feeding equipment.
World has taken in 1,177 wildlife orphans this year from
baby birds whose mothers have been killed by cats, to baby hedgehogs
separated from their mothers when their nests were disturbed.
These abandoned creatures are hand-reared by dedicated volunteers
who care for the orphans 24 hours a day, until they are weaned
and ready to begin their rehabilitation so they can return to
the wild and have the chance of a natural life.
foster mums and dads have the skills to give orphaned badgers,
hedgehogs and owlets the best chance, but they need the right
facilities and tools for the job, which is where the new orphan
room comes in.
Bond, Managing Director of Somerlap, which is supporting the project,
said: "It is wonderful to hear about the progress Secret
World are making on the orphan room, which will be in great demand
during the spring. Everyone at Somerlap is looking forward to
visiting the facility when it is completed and meeting some of
can support Secret Worlds Christmas appeal to equip the
crèche with incubators, bottle and sterilising kits online
at its website.