Milder winter could be to blame for large number of hedgehogs admitted to our West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

There are plenty more mouths to feed at our wildlife centre in Somerset, Taunton.  Staff have been kept busy by the large number of hogs being brought through the doors.


50 per cent increase in hedgehog admittance’s

Last month 40 hogs were admitted to the centre – compared to 27 in 2013 – almost a 50 per cent increase in … Continue reading…


We collected a pigeon from one of the most unexpected venues on Saturday 19 July,  a Royal Navy ship.

Steve, as he was named by crew members, was found in a hangar at the top of HMS Ocean.

Fledgling in need

There were no parents to be seen and a crew member took on the pigeon’s care until the ship docked a few days later. Steve is just a young fledgling and needed feeding by hand.

When the … Continue reading…


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…


We are appealing for information after a heron was shot with an airgun.

The juvenile bird was spotted in a garden in Yeovil, Somerset by a passing dog walker. He was in an underweight state and struggling to fly. We were called and an inspector came to rescue the bird and take him to the nearby West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

A veterinary examination revealed an airgun pellet and fracture in the wing, but it is hoped with a … Continue reading…

Senseless slaughter continues


We’re appalled after learning that hundreds of badgers are now being shot in parts of Gloucestershire as well as Somerset, as part of the pilot badger culls.

The cull may have started but we remain committed to persuading the government to put a stop to this misguided, unethical and unscientific attempt to control bovine TB in cattle. We believe it will not help solve the problems caused by this devastating disease or benefit cattle, badgers or … Continue reading…