We are a group of passionate young people who strive to make a difference in the conservation and care of UK wildlife.
Severn Wildlife rescue was founded by Ashley Dale, Emily Wilson, Naomi Sim and Charley Bird in 2020. Their vision was to create a wildlife rescue which encompassed the Avon and Cardiff areas to give wildlife a second chance in life.
What we do
We rescue wildlife who are in need of care. All of our animals are brought in by the general public.
Severn Wildlife rescue take on a variety of species including birds, bats, reptiles and dormice. These animals are cared for by our fantastic group of experienced wildlife rehabilitators who nurture them back to release them back into the wild.
Caring for wildlife can be extremely intensive and our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly around the clock to provide a high standard of care. Spring and summer is our busiest time of year, we receive large numbers of baby birds and bats, all of which require intensive care. Young birds will need feeding every ten minutes while bat pups require three hourly feeds 24/7.
We also run fundraising events to raise awareness and educate the public about wildlife. From adults to young children, we aim to inspire the next generation to do better than us and save our wildlife.
We are also in partnership with Chipping Sodbury Hedgehog Rescue to rehabilitate as many hedgehogs as possible. Tracey, mother of hedgehogs, works tirelessly to rescue and treat injured hedgehogs. She does all of this from her back garden! We support Chipping Sodbury Hedgehog Rescue by ambulance driving and carrying out daily husbandry for the hedgehogs.
Why our UK wildlife needs us
Our UK wildlife is currently under threat and is decreasing at an alarming rate. The ever growing human population is fragmenting and destroying the natural habitat and forcing wildlife into the urban environment. Surviving in the urban environment poses unnatural threats which wildlife are not equipped to deal with. Hedgehogs will consume slug pellets and become delirious while bats and birds are predated upon by house hold cats. This is resulting in steep decline of many valued species including hedgehogs, bats and birds. Since 2000 hedgehog populations have declined by 50%, urbanisation being one of the driving forces. By rescuing wildlife we give individuals a second chance to pass their genes onto the next generation and increase the population numbers.
Why is conserving our wildlife important?
In order to understand the importance of wildlife we must first look at the relationship between species, the environment and the ecosystem.
Biodiversity is variety of all life on earth. Species and their habitat make up a fragile ecosystem where each species relies on each other to survive. Rodent’s rely on seeds and vegetation within their environment while birds of prey reply on rodents to feed their young. When species are under threat and start declining these fragile relationships are disrupted, putting other species at risk. Within this ecosystem we have species which are fundamental in holding the ecosystem together, these are known as key stone species. Unfortunately most of our key stone species have been eradicated, these include wolves, lynx and wild boar. However, projects are underway to introduce these important species back into the wild. These species help to shape the environment and increase biodiversity. For example, wolves and lynx keep the deer populations at bay and help to move them on, reducing over grazing and allowing forests to grow and flourish which provide homes for thousands of species. While beavers, known as ecosystem engineers, shape our water ways, slow the currents and reduce flooding.
Human population are another species within the ecosystem which rely on others in order to survive. Species which provide a ‘service’ to our species survival is known as an ecosystem service. This includes the pollination of crops, purification of the air, pest control and human well being. An individuals bat is able to consume 1000 insects an hour! By conserving our wildlife not only are we are keeping that fragile ecosystem in tact but securing the future of both humans and animals.
Why we need you!
We are a non-profit self funded organisation, donations and the public support allow us to take on more individuals and release more animals back into the wild. We are also in need of bird and small animal enclosures, towel, fleeces and newspaper. If you have items which you would like to donate please send us a message.
Donations will be spent on:
- Enclosures – bird cages, flexi’s and rescue boxes
- Enrichment toys for birds – We get a lot of corvids which require mental stimulation.
- Food – mealworms, wax worms, chick food and dog food.
- Medication and supplements
- Petrol for ambulance drivers
- Maintenance equipment
Help us achieve our goal of giving animals a second chance, any donation no matter how small will help provide food and accommodation. £6 alone will provide our animals with three boxes of mealworms!
Thank you in advance from all of the volunteers and animals at Severn Wildlife Rescue.
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