Hessilhead Wildlife Centre

Caring for Scotland's wildlife in their time of need

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Hessilhead Wildlife Centre

We need your help! We are an independent charity and rely upon you

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A wild fox in Scotland peeking over a logA pine martin close upA rescued deer being re-released back into it's original habitat

Welcome to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre, Beith

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Caring for Scotland’s Wildlife

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre, Beith, cares for Scotland’s injured and orphaned wildlife. It has been running for over 35 years and became a registered charity in 1986.

The centre is situated near Beith in North Ayrshire. It occupies a 20-acre site, including woodland, marsh, and open water. This gives a variety of release sites for our patients.

Hessilhead aims to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild and has facilities and experience to treat all species of Scottish wildlife. Facilities at the Centre include an intensive care unit, a swan/seal hospital with an indoor pool, a hedgehog unit, and more than 60 outdoor aviaries, enclosures and release pens.

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Scottish Wildlife Charity

Caring for Scotland’s injured and orphaned wildlife

24 Hour Emergency Wildlife Centre

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Contact Us Day Or Night

 

The centre operates a 24-hour emergency service and is available to give advice on wildlife problems throughout the day. It is not generally open to the public. This is because our patients are wild, and wild birds and animals are usually frightened of people. Regular disturbance would upset the patients, hamper their recovery, or result in hand-reared youngsters becoming tame.

Hessilhead holds one Open Day a year. This is the second Sunday in June, from 12 noon till 4pm. On this day we aim to show the work of the centre, and guided tours around some of the aviaries, enclosures, and hospital will allow visitors to see some of the youngsters being hand-reared. Please don’t ask to be shown around at other times.

 

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Two Pipistrelle bats being held by a rescuer in a clothA rescued baby hare sits on a heat pad being hand fed by a Hessilhead Wildlife Centre carer
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Be Part Of Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust

Did you know you can become a member of Hessilhead Wildlife Centre and/or sponsor a patient?

We are solely funded through monies raised with your support. So, please donate to our cause or support us and help look after Scotland’s vulnerable wildlife.

How You Can Help

Volunteers & Donations Needed

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We Need Your Help

Hessilhead is primarily a voluntary organisation. Volunteers help in many ways such as fundraising, building and maintenance, driving patients to Hessilhead, and daily cleaning and feeding. To find out about volunteering, please click here.

The centre is dependent on donations, membership and sponsor-a-patient schemes, and fundraising events.

Training courses on handling, care, and treatment of wildlife casualties are held throughout the year.

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Support us with much needed donations. Every little really helps!
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Volunteer

From hands on care, to building enclosures. We need your help!
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Get In Touch

Contact us or find directions to our centre. Or contact us for advice…
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Visit Our Shop

Visit our shop! Here you can buy our Hessilhead merchandise, wildlife gifts and…
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Wildlife Care

Learn To Care For Wildlife with our courses and guides…
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Wildlife Gallery

Meet some of our patients past and present…
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Reviews

Such an important place for wildlife rehabilitation. Support if you can. They work hard and always need newspapers etc. Took in an underweight juvenile hedgehog for me to bring up to weight. Got an update on him when I asked. They are very to the point and your rescue is in the best hands. Please help with funding or donations of newspaper etc if you can.

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