Emergency Help: 01344 623106

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 - 4pm.  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 even days a week. Volunteers are an essential part of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.

Please don't email us about a casualty as we are not always able to check emails regularly. For general enquiries or information; our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Our office hours are 8am - 4pm  Seven days a week 

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!

PEEPING GIANTS

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.  

Emergency Care in the snow

Most of our wildlife can cope with the cold but it will not survive without food and water. Some creatures hibernate when food supplies disappear, some migrate but many of our wildlife simply braves the winter with us. Food gives energy and energy is heat. Without energy they will not survive. Extreme weather can prevent our wildlife from finding its natural food. In extreme weather birds and wildlife will need feeding as in many cases their food supply will be unavailable.  Nuts, fat balls, seeds meal worms,  and fatty bread are all a good source of energy for both birds and squirrels and but water is essential. To stop water being frozen we use heat pads under metal water bowls, they can last for several hours in a sheltered location. Birds will use nesting boxes, garages, porches and sheds for shelter and it may be possible to leave these open or create small holes for them to access these areas.

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