Project information

Wildlife hospital facilities extension

We have recently built a wildlife hospital in North East Hampshire. With the site we also have an acre of meadow attached in which we intend to build facilities for large mammals, water birds and birds of prey, and a study centre for students.

6 months

Charity information

Hart Wildlife Rescue

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  • Need


    We can only care for small animal and bird casualties in our present facilities, and want to extend the range of species we can care for, as there is nowhere else in Hampshire which can do this. This will provide better care for sick, injured and abandoned wildlife, and save patients having to be transported great distances for treatment elsewhere, or being unnecessarily put to sleep.


    We will build one unit for the care of large mammals, and to extend space for small mammals also. We will build another unit for water birds which will include a pond which is vital for their rehabilitation. Further aviaries for birds of prey and small birds will also be erected at the same time. A further building to be used as a study centre is also planned, which can be used to teach professionals, students and the public about caring for wildlife.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build individuals facilities to house large mammals and water birds, and aviaries for small birds.


    » Raise the funding necessary and apply for planning permission for these buildings. It has been indicated this will pose no problem.

    Success will be when we can accommodate all animals brought to us, rather than needing to transfer large mammals and some birds to other centres.

    Aim 2

    Build a study centre for the education of work experience students, professionals and the public.


    » Raise the funding necessary and apply for planning permission for this building. It has been indicated this will pose no problem.

    Success will be when we run wildlife first aid courses for the public and animal care professionals, and accept classes of FE students.

  • Impact


    This project will provide a full wildlife treatment and rehabilitation centre for all wildlife species in Hampshire, and there is currently nowhere like this. We are brought over 1000 casualties a year, a number which is growing all the time and shows a real need for this type of service. This will prevent the unnecessary suffering and death of many wild animals and help protect our endangered species such as hedgehogs and dormice, and also educate the public on what they can do to help.


    There is a risk that we will not have sufficient funding to continue to run the hospital. We have dealt with this by opening 2 charity shops, which currently raise around £60000 a year, and also holding money in reserve to cover one years lease on the hospital and the shops so that a temporary shortage in funding should not lead to closure of the hospital.


    Funders of this project will receive a monthly email update on the project. Progress will also be charted on our website and in our quarterly newsletter, which will also be sent to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Large Mammal building Building and services to house large mammals
      £10,000 Water bird building Building and services to house water birds
      £10,000 study centre Building and services for education
      £5,000 Aviaries Building aviaries for small birds and birds of prey
      £2,000 Planning costs Planning permission and associated costs
      £3,000 Other Other wildlife areas to be built in the field, such as a pond and areas for "wild" wildlife.
  • Background


    We are based in North East Hampshire, conveniently between the three major centres of Basingstoke, Winchester and Alton, and easily accessed from the M3, offering ease of access from all over Hampshire. Hampshire has a lot of wild spaces, such as the New Forest, and so it is vital to protect and support our wildlife in both rural and urban areas in the county and in surrounding counties also.


    All wildlife species in Hampshire and surrounding counties which are in need of our help. We also offer educational services to students on animal care courses, vets and vet nurses, and members of the public. We routinely are brought casualties by the RSPCA and local vets, which without HART would have nowhere to go and be unnecessarily put to sleep.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only dedicated wildlife hospital in Hampshire, and have been treating casualties since 1996, so have a wealth of experience in this area. We wish to expand our areas of expertise, and in doing so expand the knowledge held by wildlife rescues across Britain.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bob And June Gibbs

    Founders and Trustees - Bob and June's knowledge will be crucial to ensure this project maximises the services we can offer for a minimum of cost.