Wildlife Emergencies

Please be aware that large Mammals particularly deer as well as badgers and otters need specially trained rescuers to rescue them, but there are things that you can do to help if you find an injured animal or an “abandoned” deer calf:  For example contact:

British Deer Society:  https://www.bds.org.uk/index.php/advice-education/advice-for-drivers#:~:text=Try%20to%20come%20to%20a,yourself%20it%20may%20be%20dangerous.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue:  https://www.secretworld.org/wildlife-saver       

British Hedgehog Preservation Society:  https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/found-a-hedgehog/         

Somerset Badger Group:   https://www.somersetbadgers.org.uk/badgers-in-need-of-help/   states “BADGER RESCUE – 20% of calls made to the 24/7 Helpline relate to badgers needing rescue. The Group has a number of fully trained volunteers who are able to respond to these emergency calls for help. They rescue badgers injured on our roads or as a result of persecution, orphaned or lost cubs and badgers that are debilitated.

We work very closely with Secret World Wildlife Rescue who play a major part in the on-going care, rehabilitation and release of the badgers we rescue. We also rely on veterinary practices for immediate emergency care when badgers are badly injured.

Our volunteer rescuers are trained to handle and transport badgers safely to ensure rescued badgers have the best chance of survival and to ensure that their own safety and safety of others is not compromised.

If you find an injured or orphaned badger please call our 24/7 helpline: https://www.somersetbadgers.org.uk/reporting/

24/7 Helpline – 07850 6045

Unless asked to do so, do not approach the badger but instead wait and observe from a distance.

If the badger is causing an obstruction on the road, if you can safely warn other road users but do not put yourself at any risk.

If the badger moves away, do not try to prevent it, instead watch where it goes and try to stay close by so rescuers can be shown its location.

RSPCA:  https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals#:~:text=Keep%20the%20animal%20quiet%20and,animal%2C%20call%200300%201234%20999.               

RSPCA on orphaned animalshttps://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/orphanedanimals  

Bat Conservation Trust:  https://www.bats.org.uk/advice/help-ive-found-a-bat 

If you find invasive plant species in Exmoor, please contact: https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/contact-us