For over a year, wildlife rescue centre Oak and Furrows has been searching for a new home. Finally, thanks to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, they may have found it – next to the beautiful Blakehill nature reserve.
Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre operates a 24 hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so the Blakehill site, with good transport and access, is ideal for their work. The Trust are making land available for the new rescue centre next to the reserve, on land it owns but does not use as part of the reserve.
Speaking for the Trust, Amanda Callard said “We are delighted to offer Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre a much needed home. We see a great fit between the two organisations, both of whom work to help our county’s wildlife and both rely on the goodwill of local people to succeed. There are issues that still need to be formalised, such as funding and planning consent, but certainly in principle, we are very pleased to be able to give such a worthy cause a home with us.”
Ray Hood, who is managing the relocation project for Oak and Furrows commented “We are very pleased and grateful to be entering into a partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in a venture that will secure the future of Wildlife Rescue in Wiltshire and surrounds and enable us to continue our work in a lovely environment next to an important nature reserve. The two organisations have so much in common that I am confident that we can look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship that benefits the local community and most importantly our wonderful wildlife”.
Annually the centre takes in approximately 3,000 wildlife casualties and receives between 6,000 and 7,000 requests for help and advice. Both organisations rely heavily on dedicated staff as well as equally dedicated volunteers, members and supporters.
Hedgehogs are well cared for by Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre. Image by Darin Smith
The old runway at Blakehill nature reserve is now a glorious wildlife habitat. Image by David Kjaer