Tel: 0771 1883072
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WAKE UP TO WILDLIFE - an important project for 2019

Why is our native wildlife in such decline?  Well .......Habitat loss, tree felling, plastics, poisons and pesticides, large scale housing developments on green belt, neat and tidy gardens, artificial grass, fencing with concrete kickboards, the list is endless, but one thing's for sure, it is having a serious and detrimental impact on our wildlife and nature.  Isn't it time we stood up and said "enough is enough" ?



Leave my home alone !

The hedgehog was once a common sight in the UK, but now many children will say "I've never seen a hedgehog".  Or older people will say "when I was young, there used to be lots of hedgehogs, but I haven't seen one for years"  Why is that do you think?

Helping hedgehogs in hibernation



Helping hedgehogs emerge from hibernation


DENBY DALE DISTRICT MEN'S SHED - have made these splendid bird boxes for us.  Yes all 29 of them.  These will be distributed to encourage people to give nature a home and create more wildlife habitats.  We as a human race, are destroying wildlife habitats, trees, hedges, woodlands at an alarming rate, so it is our duty to help redress this balance.  These 29 bird boxes will really help!

Garden Birds:-

We need to plant more trees, flowers and shrubs to feed our wildlife.  Their lives are tough enough in the wild, especially in Winter.  Our Project, Wake up to Wildlife will make this a priority. 


Already, we have school children making bird feeders and encouraging wildlife into their gardens.  We must get the young people on board before it's too late.

We would like children to plant sunflowers seeds, watch them grow in the sunshine, then dry out the heads and hang them up for birds to have a tasty meal !

Insect houses and bug hotels - not difficult to make. Go on give it a try !

Woodlands -if you go down to the woods today....

Nature can be a healer.  Spending time in our woodlands can help you feel much better and alleviate stress.  Turn off your phone, give social media a break and head to the woods.


How many people can honestly say they have walked in a forest and enjoyed the sight of an Early Purple Orchid?  These beautiful orchids can be found in our local woods, along with bluebells and celandine.  This Spring, why not visit your local forest and enjoy their beauty?


Kestrels are in decline, again due to habitat loss and shortage of nesting sites.  Can we erect more kestrel boxes to help halt this decline?











Tree sparrows are also in decline.   Why are we losing our birds?

Red Squirrels no longer seen in our area

Our native red squirrel was a common sight when I was a child in West Yorkshire.  But where are they now?  You will only see Red Squirrels in Scotland, Cumbria and one or two areas in North Yorkshire.  This is so worrying.  Our native wildlife should not be declining at the rate it is.

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The Wildlife Orphanage, located off the A19 between Selby and York, is a small wildlife rescue specialising in the care of young wild animals and birds.

APRIL 2017 

On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated 


October News


Baby Pixie arrived weighing only 100g and has numerous problems
Pixie has to have Imaverol baths to clear his skin
Pixie is suffering from mites & ringworm and is in a bad way for such a tiny hedgehog

The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks.  These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year.  They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly.  Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly. 


With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation.  They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.


If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,

Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.