Secret World rescues some 5,000 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife each year across the South West such as otters, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes and birds of prey, which are hand-reared, cared for and, whenever possible, released back into the wild. Volunteer response drivers are equipped and trained to rescue and administer first aid to animals and birds and bring them for treatment to East Huntspill, Highbridge.
Secret World Wildlife Rescue is a registered charity founded in 1992 that does not receive government funding and thus relies on donations from the general public. The organisation is run by a tight team of dedicated and specialist staff with around 400 volunteers.
We have treatment areas, recovery and special rehabilitation enclosures designed specifically for the needs of wildlife – all away from human contact so they have the best chance of reverting to the wild once they are strong enough to be released.
Whilst no longer being open to the general public, Secret World does have special open weekends when visitors can see the resident animals in its care and witness the wildlife work that goes on at this special site.
Secret World also enriches the lives of the people of Somerset. The award of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant led to the opening of a new learning centre aimed at reconnecting the public with nature and to explore the farming heritage of the Somerset Levels. We have outreach workshops for school and formal learning groups, and can cater for corporate and community groups.