SUMMARY OF 2018  

1045 wildlife casualties were taken in during 2018, we also gave advice to over 2000 other cases. During the summer months we were stretched to the limit, which resulted in us having to refer some wildlife casualties to other rescue centres. We have around 20 volunteers which help us out 9 am till around 11.30 pm. Each morning there are usually 4 to 5 of us doing the feeding and cleaning with John & Tonia continuing on for the rest of the day maintaining the feeding, ordering & the 101 other things necessary for the smooth operation of the rescue centre. 

MONTHLY UPDATES OF 2019

January 2019   Natural England who issue the licences to rear and release certain non indigenous species such as grey squirrels and Muntjac deer contacted us in mid December 2018 to inform us and every other licence holder that all licences will be null and void on 31st December 2018. and will not be renewed. We have all been given extensions to take us through till 28th March 2019 To give us time to release any over wintered squirrels. 

There are 49 species of wildlife on the list but the common ones for us are the muntjac deer and grey squirrels which we held licences for. Natural England sent us a long email explaining all the details and ultimately want all rescue centres to take any of the effected species to the vets to be put to sleep. This includes all the fit and healthy babies which just need rearing before releasing.

If you know or can imagine how beautiful baby squirrels and muntjac deer are when very young, then you may just get an idea how this news sits with us. Yes we are angry but there is a fine of up to £5000 and / or up to 6 months in prison for anyone caught rearing and releasing them. This may also effectively close the rescue centre in question. 

These animals did not ask to be introduced to the UK and as a result we are now supposed to murder them when they need us most?  Below are a baby grey squirrel and a baby muntjac deer. Most people would find it hard having these babies put to sleep, so imagine people like ourselves who have dedicated the last 11 years of our lives helping ALL wildlife being forced into such a barbaric position.  

Latest update: Our licences have been extended till 30th Sept 2019.       

February/March 2019   Here is a snapshot of Foxy lodge on Saturday morning the 23rd of March using the pictures below. 

APRIL 2019  The babies have started arriving.

MAY & JUNE 2019     Very busy as always with the wildlife casualties coming into our care thick and fast. Pictures below were taken as a snapshot of what is happening here at Foxy lodge on 10th June mid day when all the initial cleaning and feeding had taken place. 

JULY 2019   By far our busiest July since starting foxy lodge 11 years ago. Just to give you a taster of what its like here at this time of year: Virtually nobody gives a donation with the casualties that we take in, The phone goes around 20-30 times a day with questions, queries & advice wanted from all over the country including calls from Scotland, Wales & Ireland. We get calls all through the night which  now forces us to unplug the phone at bed time to get a good nights sleep so at least we can still function the following day. Please do not read this the wrong way, we are not complaining, we want to help as many wildlife casualties as is humanly possible, but we can not afford to burn out because this area needs foxy lodge wildlife rescue. The figures are huge this month with food bills to make your eyes water and a 2019 total wildlife casualty intake looking to be around the 1200 figure. If anyone reading this is able to donate a few pounds or some tinned cat/dog food, towels, blankets, sheets, good quality items to sell to raise funds we would love to here from you. Many thanks John & Tonia. 


AUGUST 2019  We are having the busiest summer since we started 11 years ago. We have not even had the time to take photos sorry. More worrying is the fact we usually have regular garage sales of donated items to help raise funds but so far this year we have only found the time to have just 1, Obviously we need the income from these garage sales to help with the costs but the wildlife coming in needing feeding, cleaning, care and treatment has to take priority and we will have to worry about the costs later. We have a garage full of good quality items needing to be transformed into usable cash so if anyone can help in this department you would be a godsend. The holiday makers are about for maybe another 4 or 5 weeks so time is fast running out. Call us on 01493 384237 John & Tonia

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