04.04.14

A group of young puffins blown in during the February storms are homeward bound after we released the birds off the north coast of Devon yesterday.

The three juvenile puffins, who were among an influx of 40 seabirds we rescued during the heavy winter storms, took a journey across to Lundy Island on MS Oldenburg following two months rehabilitation, rest and recuperation at our West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

The birds made the 22-mile trip across the Bristol … Continue reading…

03.04.14

We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…

07.02.14

Yesterday our dedicated water rescue team rescued 18 horses from a flooded area in Christchurch, Dorset.

Beginning at 7.30am the operation involved 17 of our specially trained water rescue officers as well as two chief inspectors and an equine officer.

They set up a corral at the location in the Stony Lane area followed by rope fences across the water to form a channel for the horses to go through and enter the corral area.  Most of the water … Continue reading…

10.01.13

We have helped rescue more than 60 animals from flooding in just five days.

In the most recent rescue, members of our water rescue team and a field officer from World Horse Welfare (WHW), the largest rescue and rehoming horse charity in the UK, saved two foals and seven horses from a flooded field.

Two foals, a miniature Shetland pony and six horses were trapped in a waterlogged field in Colnbrook, Berkshire, after a river nearby burst its bank…. Continue reading…

21.05.13

Rock star and RSPCA vice-president Dr Brian May is to speak at a public meeting in Dorchester this Friday to oppose plans to kill thousands of badgers in England.

The Government today confirmed that it still plans to go ahead with a cull of badgers and this could start in less than two weeks. As a result, those campaigning against these plans are gathering to discuss the potentially devastating impact they would have.

At the moment the pilot culls … Continue reading…