|Every year in Britain over five million wild animals and birds are
injured as a direct result of their encounters with man and man's world. St.Tiggywinkles,
The Wildlife Hospital Trust is a specialist hospital. Using all available veterinary
welfare skills, we are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British
Since opening our doors over 100,000 patients have received treatment at The
Wildlife Hospital Trust. This remarkable number of patients has included hedgehogs,
badgers, rabbits, deer, wild birds, snakes, toads, in fact virtually all species of
All British wild animal casualties brought to the hospital are treated completely free
of charge and are released through a controlled programme, back to the wild, when they are
fully fit. No sick, injured or orphaned wild creature is ever turned away. Every casualty
is given a chance, we do not have a 'put down policy', euthanasia is only ever applied as
a last resort. Any animal or bird unable to be released is maintained at the Hospital, or
at our Field Centre, in as natural conditions as possible.
The Trust also deals with over 70,000 telephone calls each year through our help
line, giving help and advice to veterinary units, rehabilitators and the general public
There is of course a nucleus of full-time staff working in both the office and animal
section of the hospital, but these are supported by an army of volunteers who regularly
turn in to do the animal husbandry and rescue casualties among other duties.
The medical treatment is carried out by a team of qualified veterinary nurses and
specialist consultant veterinary surgeons. This enables us to give our patients ground
breaking treatment and the best of care.
The hospital has pioneered much of the treatment now used for wildlife throughout the
country. It's expertise on all species and its knowledge is used world-wide. It has
perfected techniques for hedgehogs, badgers, deer and other species and is now seen as a
role model for veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators all over the world. Its aim is to
disseminate any information learned and through books, papers, courses and lectures to
veterinary schools, the experiences of Hospital staff are helping many of the millions of
casualties across the world, most of which are now being looked after thanks to the
positive attitude of St.Tiggywinkles.
The Trust has also founded and administers the European Wildlife Rehabilitation
Association whereby over two hundred autonomous groups work to a Code of Practice and at
present they provide care for over 50,000 casualties in a network of rescue centres across
St. Tiggywinkles survives on a solid base of membership and relies on donations from
corporate sponsors and the general public to thrive. It receives no state funding of any
kind and no financial donations from other animal welfare or conservation groups.
Every wild animal and bird is different so the Trust's policy is never to stand still but
to keep on learning and to never, ever turn a British wildlife casualty away.
Registered Charity No. 286447