We are a small group of volunteers doing our best to support local wildlife.
Priority will always be given to those patients currently in our care and we are often unable to answer the phone. We understand that this is frustrating for you but please do leave a message and we will reply as soon as someone is free.
If you have an emergency and you cannot reach us please contact another rescue or your nearest vet immediately.
We are only able to care for a limited number of creatures and whilst we would like to be able to cover the phones 24/7, we are not able to at the moment. We currently have cover 8am - 3pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 11am Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to volunteer to do this or any other voluntary role within Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue please fill in the form here Volunteers are an essential part of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.
We will usually ask you to bring the animal to the rescue as we are not always able to collect animals.
At very busy times, our answer phone message may say that we are full and have no room available, therefore, we will not be able to take your casualty at that time. As we release our current patients we will free up our space for more admissions, however, this time frame cannot always be predicted.
Please be patient with us. We are all volunteers and we are doing our best.
Our phone number is 01344 623106
Emergency number only: If you need help with a bat call our office on 01344 623106 and if it is outside office hours text or call 07476 011313 and leave a detailed message and a specialist will call you back.
Our office hours are 8am - 3pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 11am Saturday and Sunday.
For bats, fawns and badgers only and outside these hours text or call 07760 881 189 and leave a message.
Please call us to arrange an admission.
PLEASE REMEMBER: All our native wildlife is instinctively frightened of us. Shock kills. If you find an injured animal, place it in a warm, strong box so it cannot escape and ensure it is covered in a towel so it can hide. Then contact your nearest rescue. Looking at the creature and talking to it will not help. Imagine you were captured by a bear and taken to his cave. Imagine you were then told in "bear language" that he was going to make you better - would you relax? It's more than likely you would go into shock and it's the same for birds and other animals. They are not cuddled or talked to in the wild, in fact, the only time another species touches them is when they are going to eat them.
Keep calm and quiet around wildlife and do not make eye contact - SHOCK KILLS.
A quick guide to dealing with injured wildlife
LEAVE ME ALONE, DONT FEED ME AND GET ME TO HOSPITAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Try to see things from the animals point of view.
THE BEAR HUG
If as a human you were captured by a bear and then taken to his cave and told in “bear language” that he was going to make you better, you would not relax, in fact, most of us would die of shock. Animals are not cuddled in the wild - the only time another species touches them is when they are going to eat them!
Just imagine your not well and trying to sleep and a giant kept peeling back the roof to look at you, how safe would you feel? You would either go into shock or flee for your life. Do not ‘peek’ at wildlife once you have it contained or show friends and family - leave well alone. Just as a ‘peeping- giant’ speaking in a different language would not relax you, your voice will not sooth wildlife.
DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS YOU HAVE RESCUED
The 1st thing you should do is contact a Wildlife Rescue or a Vet. NIL BY MOUTH Ambulances do not bring McDonalds and Coca-Cola on Emergency calls - Animals do not need food or drink either - in fact, the wrong food could kill them.
KEEP THEM WARM
The first step of emergency treatment is to keep warm so that you can conserve energy. What little energy you have will go to your vital organs to protect them. THIS IS CALLED SHOCK. Animals cannot and will not feed when they are in shock. We rehydrate and in most cases we don't feed any real food for 24 hours. Keep the animals warm, away from humans, dark and quiet and get it to your nearest wildlife rescue and always call for advice first.
If you found an injured human you would get him or her to a hospital as soon as possible - PLEASE, give wildlife the same chance.