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Found an injured, orphaned or unwell wild animal in the Greenwich or Bexley area? 

If you have found an injured, orphaned or unwell wild animal in the Greenwich, Bexley, or wider South East London area, then we suggest doing the following:

 

- Get the animal contained in an animal carrier or secure box with air holes for ventilation.

 

- Contact one or more of the organisations listed below.
 

- If it is not possible to safely contain the animal yourself, then stay with the animal or try to at least keep it in view whilst you contact the organisations listed below.
 

- Be prepared to transport the animal if you are able to - not all wildlife rescue centres are able to collect. 

- Be patient, and be persistent. Wildlife rescue centres are often overwhelmed with calls for help and may struggle to respond to everyone. If one organisation can't help - don't get angry, and don't give up! Just move onto the organisation on the list.

- If you have found an injured or orphaned grey squirrel, contact squirrel-friendly rescues only, the details of which you can find below.

 

- Do not attempt to feed the animal or put water in its mouth, as this can do more harm than good. Read more of our 'Dos and Don'ts' for wildlife casualties here.

All Wildlife

The Greenwich Wildlife Network (Greenwich & Bexley boroughs):

We are currently only accepting animals via our Facebook Group due to overwhelming demand for our rescue service:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenwichwildlifenetwork

Collection or Drop Off: Can often collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

London Wildlife Protection (London Wide):

Contact Number: 07909 795064 (please text)

Website: https://www.londonwildlifeprotection.org/ 

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 12 AM.

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

Dartford Animal Rescue (Dartford and Bexley):

Contact Number: 07823 758145
Website: https://m.facebook.com/DartfordAnimalRescue/

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.
 

South Essex Wildlife Hospital in Grays:

Contact Number: 01375 893893

Website: https://southessexwildlife.org/

Address: Orsett, Grays RM16 3BH

Opening Hours: 8.30 AM to 10 PM.

Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals from SE London - drop-off only. A 25-30 minute drive from Bexley/Greenwich.
 

UK Wildlife Transporters (UK wide): 

Contact Number: 0330 133 3196

Website: https://www.ukwildlifetransporters.org/need-transport
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 9 PM.

Collection or Drop Off: Offers collection & transport to wildlife rescue centres dependent on volunteer availability.

The Wildlife Lodge in Bromley (INACTIVE AS OF 2021)

Contact Number: 07983 708497
Website: http://www.thewildlifelodge.co.uk/
Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals - drop-off only. 


Willow Wildlife in Chislehurst (INACTIVE AS OF 2021)

Contact Number: 07956 472284

Website: https://willowwildlife.co.uk/
Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals - drop-off only. 

Pigeons

Pigeon Recovery Sutton:

Contact Number: 07789334486

Website: http://pigeonrecovery.yolasite.com/
Address: 8 Vermont Road
Sutton, Surrey SM1 3EQ

Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals from SE London - drop-off only. 40 minute drive from SE London.

Foxes

The Fox Project in Tunbridge Wells:
Contact Number: 01892731565
Website: http://foxproject.org.uk/

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM.

Collection or Drop Off: Will collect severely injured/unwell foxes dependent on ambulance availability. Will advise on mange treatment.

The Fox Angels Foundation:
Contact via Facebook only
Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/foxangelsfoundation.org/


Waterbirds
The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton:

Contact Number: 01932 240790

Address: Felix Ln, Shepperton TW17 8NN
Website: https://www.theswansanctuary.org.uk/

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

Swan Patrol SE28 (Thamesmead):
Contact Number: 07976 228307
Website: https://www.facebook.com/SWaNPatrolTeamSE28/

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

Swan Support:
Contact Number: 07968 868172 or 01628 876336
Website: http://www.swansupport.org.uk/

Collection or Drop Off: may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

Squirrels
Grey squirrels are considered invasive species by law, so rescue centres that do not carry the correct license may be obliged to euthanise them. The following rescue organisations are either licensed or will help to secure placements and transport to licensed rescue centres. They are not all local, unfortunately. 


 

The Greenwich Wildlife Network:

We are currently only accepting rescues via our Facebook Group due to overwhelming demand for our rescue service:

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenwichwildlifenetwork

Collection or Drop Off: Can often collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.
 

London Wildlife Protection:

Contact Number: 07909 795064

Website: https://www.londonwildlifeprotection.org/ 

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 12 AM.

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

Dartford Animal Rescue:

Contact Number: 07823 758145
Website: https://m.facebook.com/DartfordAnimalRescue/
Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

The Wildlife Lodge in Bromley (INACTIVE AS OF 2021)

Contact Number: 07983 708497
Website: http://www.thewildlifelodge.co.uk/
Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals - drop-off only. 


Urban Squirrels in West London:

 Contact Number: 07415 983 900

Website: https://www.urbansquirrels.co.uk/
Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals from SE London - drop-off only. 


Hitchin Squirrel Rescue in Hertfordshire:
Contact Number: 07376 171213
Website: https://www.hitchinsquirrelrescue.co.uk/

Collection or Drop Off: Cannot collect animals from SE London - drop-off only. 

Help 4 Animals and Wildlife in West Wickham and Surrounding Areas (Facebook group only):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876896262533832/

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.


Bats

The National Bat Helpline:

Contact Number: 0345 1300 228
Website: https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/national-bat-helpline

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Collection or Drop Off: Can sometimes collect - may require you to transport the animal in some cases.

Mice & Rats

Gerbil & Rodent Rescue in Selhurst, SE25:

Contact via Facebook and website only

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gerbilandrodentrescue/

Website: https://www.gerbilandrodentrescue.co.uk/
Collection or Drop Off: Drop-off only - cannot collect from SE London.

 

Mimi's Rodent Rescue in Orpington:

Contact via Facebook and website only

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MimisRodentRescue/
Collection or Drop Off: Drop-off only - cannot collect from SE London.

 

If you are willing to travel, we also recommend Folly Wildlife Rescue and Kent Wildlife Rescue Service. You can choose from a full directory of wildlife rescue centres in the UK at www.helpwildlife.co.uk