WHO ARE THE WILDLIFE AID FOUNDATION?
Established 40 years ago, the Wildlife Aid Foundation is a registered UK charity based in Leatherhead, Surrey dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.
Each year, we deal with over 20,000 wildlife incidents, and our aim is to return every patient to the wild once they have recovered.
Our public benefit aim is to bring a greater awareness to the general plight of British wildlife and the need to provide the necessary protection to both ordinary and endangered species where required.
In 2014, a generous legacy allowed the Foundation to purchase a 20-acre site adjacent to the M25 and bordered by a stretch of the River Mole.
After years of careful planning, we have been granted planning permission to develop a new centre on the site.
The Wildlife Aid Centre will be a purpose-built wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre, set in acres of publicly accessible natural wetlands.
An education centre, providing a range of wildlife and conservation-focused experiences, will inspire the next generation of environmental guardians to care for the natural world around them.
It will deliver a strong environmental message to enthuse young and old about the amazing biodiversity living all around us and its importance to our well being.
A large proportion of the 20-acre site will be returned to pristine wetlands habitat, creating an accessible sanctuary for species such as waterfowl, hedgehogs, badgers, birds of prey, foxes and other native species.
Wetlands provide homes for many endangered species and are part of our natural infrastructure, providing essential protection against environmental issues like flooding, drought and pollution.
Yet, nearly 35% of the world’s wetlands were lost between 1970 and 2015 (2018 Ramsar).