Care of sick and injured animals

Care of sick and injured animalsOrphaned kestrel chicks (Neil Strait/Weirfield Wildlife Hospital)

The Trust is frequently asked to assist with the care and rehabilitation of sick or injured birds and animals. Although some of our members undertake such work, the Trust does not provide a general service of this kind, as it is not a welfare charity. 

The primary aim of caring for injured animals is to return them to the wild. It is important to make a note of the exact location that injured animals are found. Many of the people listed below are skilled in care and rehabilitation. The people listed cannot usually provide transport. Animals must be delivered to them.

It is best to contact the nearest person listed or the person listed as having the most appropriate specialist skills. If you have a problem contact the RSPCA national number who should be able to advise you. In case of emergency, many vets in the area treat wildlife for free, so contact your nearest vet via the telephone directory.

For advice on how to help apparently sick, injured or orphaned wildlife of various species and caught in various situations please visit the website.



Colin and Annette Faulkner
65 London Road, Spalding, PE11 2TN
Tel: 01775 766286


Elaine Drewery
Hedgehog Care
Post Office, Authorpe, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8PF
Tel: 01507 450221

Elaine specialises in hedgehogs and will take any that are injured provided that they are delivered.


Natureland Seal Sanctuary
North Parade, The Promenade, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1DB
Tel: 01754 764345

Natureland is especially concerned with orphaned and injured seal pups.
They can also help with oiled or injured sea birds.
Mammals other than sea mammals cannot be accepted.


Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary
Quebec Rd, North End, Mablethorpe LN12 1QG
Tel: 01507 473346

Concerned with seals and sea birds but will accept almost any other wildlife (except bats and otters) in an emergency.

Marine animals

British Divers Marine Life Rescue


All wildlife

24-hour cruelty and advice line
Tel: 0300 1234 999

RSPCA (National)
Tel: 08705 555 999

RSPCA, Norfolk Wildlife Hospital
Station Road, East Winch, Kings Lynn, PE32 1NR
Tel: 0300 1230 709

Two Hoots Wildlife, Skegness
Tel:  07929 668105
Facebook page: Two Hoots Wildlife

We will take on any wildlife that is injured or orphaned with the aim of returning these animals back to the wild once well and/or reared.


Weirfield Wildlife Hospital 
Sadly, Weirfield Wildlife Hospital no longer accepted wildlife from the 1st January 2017. 



Other useful contacts

Environment Agency
Incident Hotline — Freephone 0800 807060

  • Damage or danger to the natural environment
  • Pollution
  • Poaching
  • Risks to wildlife
  • Fish in distress
  • Illegal dumping
  • Flooding incidents (for reporting flooding only)

Campaign against accidental or illegal poisoning
The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) monitors suspected poisoning incidents involving wildlife, livestock or pets. If you find an animal - wild or domestic - that you suspect has been poisoned by a pesticide, or find evidence of pesticide abuse that threatens pets or wildlife, contact the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme on the Hotline 0800 321600.

More information about the campaign, what to look for and what to do if you suspect animals have been poisoned with pesticides or are at risk can be found here:

Information last updated: 29 September 2017