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Wildlife advice

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We do not have facilities to care for injured animals – please find guidance below.


Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is a local conservation charity. We look after the habitats of wild animals by managing nature reserves.


If you have found an injured animal please contact the most relevant contact below. If in doubt, a local vet may also be able to offer practical on-the-spot advice.


Reporting wildlife sightings


If you spot a species (plant, insect, mammal, fish) please consider reporting it to Herts Environmental Records (below). The records held are so valuable in helping inform The Trust’s conservation around the county.


Herts Environmental Records Centre (HERC) – manages information on habitats, species and sites across the county. Records can be submitted directly to enquiries@hercinfo.org.uk or online at Herts Natural History Society and iRecord. www.hercinfo.org.uk


Herts Natural History Society: To report a wildlife sighting and to find contact details for county recorders of wild animals: www.hnhs.org 01707 330405.


Animal welfare

We do not have facilities to care for injured animals – please find guidance below.


In the majority of cases wildlife is best left where it is found. Unless absolutely necessary avoid touching and moving wildlife.


To report a wildlife crime: Tel: 101 (non-emergency number). The call may be passed on to Hertfordshire Constabulary's Rural Operational Support Team (ROST).


RSPCA national advise and animal cruelty line: 0300 123 4999 (24 hours) www.rspca.org.uk
Closest RSPCA Centre to St Albans: South Ridge Animal Centre (Potters Bar): 0300 123 0704 www.rspca.org.uk/local/southridge-animal-centre. Click here for more information.


St Tiggywinkles: Wildlife hospital in Aylesbury caring for sick and injured hedgehogs, badgers, wild birds, foxes, reptiles and amphibians. Call 01844 292292 for emergency advice or visit www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk


Herts and Middlesex Badger Group: Cares for sick and injured badgers.
Report dead badgers in Herts or Middlesex at www.hmbadgergroup.org.uk
For general enquiries contact: info@hmbadgergroup.org.uk


Hertfordshire and Middlesex Bat Group: Gives advice on bats living in properties and takes in sick and injured bats.www.hmbg.org.uk
Call 07517 123200 if you have found a bat that you think may require help (e.g. out in the open during daylight hours, caught by a cat, grounded, or inside your property).


Herts Hogline: Cares for sick and injured hedgehogs and provides information. Covers Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford, Stansted Mountfitchet, Saffron Walden and Stansted Abbots. www.hertshogline.com   For advice on a sick or injured hedgehog contact Lynne on 07956 698946 between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday only please. At all other times contact a local vet or RSPCA.


Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity: Shepreth Hedgehog Rehabilitation Hospital provides care for sick and injured hedgehogs. www.sheprethhedgehoghospital.co.uk Media, website and general enquiries: 07986 382643.Emergency Hospital Number: 07505 651968.

Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service: Rescues and rehabilitates injured, sick, orphaned, or trapped wild animals and birds. Based in Enfield, Middlesex. www.wras-enfieldwildlife.org.uk 0208 344 2785 or 07970 141282.


Wildlife Welfare: Stevenage-based charity caring for all sick and injured wildlife including pigeons (but NOT hedgehogs). Call 01438 313526 10am-6pm Mon-Sun (March-Oct) or 10am-5pm Mon-Friday (Nov-Feb).


Other Conservation organisations


Barn Owl Trust: Provides advice and information about barn owls, including what to do if you find an owl.www.barnowltrust.org.uk


Bat Conservation Trust: A national organisation devoted to the conservation of bats and their habitats.www.bats.org.uk
Bat helpline: 0845 1300 228 enquiries@bats.org.uk


Bumblebee Conservation Trust: Works to protect and raise awareness of UK bumblebees and their habitats.www.bumblebeeconservation.org


Butterfly Conservation: Conservation charity which works to halt the decline of butterflies and moths in the UK.www.butterfly-conservation.org 01929 400209


RSPB: Bird conservation charity. Can give advice on sick or injured birds but does NOT run bird hospitals or a rescue service. www.rspb.org.uk 01767 693690.


London, Essex & Herts Reptile and Amphibian Trust (LEHART): Promotes the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in London, Essex and Hertfordshire. www.lehart.org or call 01442 263893.


Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) (formerly the Herpetological Conservation Trust): Works to protect amphibians and reptiles and their habitats. Based in Bournemouth, with satellite offices around the country.www.arc-trust.org 01202 391319 enquiries@arc-trust.org


Pond Conservation: Aims to protect and increase the freshwater biodiversity of landscapes, using ponds as a major focus. www.freshwaterhabitats.org.uk Call 01865 595505 for advice.


Other organisations


Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association: Provides information about beekeeping and welcomes attendance at beekeeping meetings. Visit their website for contact details of specific branches across Hertfordshire.www.hertsbees.org.uk