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Beddington ParkThe Wandle Valley Wildlife Trust exists to support grassroots wildlife care and conservation projects across the four Wandle boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth. The origins of the Trust date back to 1996, when the Charity was called the Wandle Valley Wildlife Hospital, and operated as a wildlife hospital and rescue centre, based alongside the River Wandle in Beddington Park. In 2001, our sister charity known as London Wildcare and latterly as the Riverside Animal Centre, took over the animal welfare work but the original charity continued to function in a supporting role.

In December 2016, London Wildcare and The Wandle Valley Wildlife Hospital vacated the site in Beddington Park as it was no longer possible to afford the rent required by Sutton Council. With no base from which to operate a hospital or rescue centre, we changed our name to the Wandle Valley Wildlife Trust in 2017 and refocussed our work on supporting and helping others caring for wildlife in the area. Details of projects we have supported will appear in the section below.

Please note that we do not welcome or invite applications for funding. The resources available to us are finite and the criteria for funding that we apply may differ according to season or circumstance. Therefore, the Trustees prefer to look at the publicity and work of other organisations in the region and make direct offers of support as and when we feel this is appropriate. In view of the foregoing, we hope that you will understand that we cannot respond to any unsolicited applications for funds.

Projects Supported

We celebrated the arrival of 2018 with four grants, each worth £250, to the following organizations

  1. Forget-Me-Not Wildlife Rescue, a small home-based rescue organization working in Wallington and caring for many of the smaller birds and mammals from the area where our own wildlife centre used to be based

  2. The Fox Project in Tonbridge, Kent, who now take on many of the foxes and fox cubs that would once have been cared for by us and with whom we had a very close working relationship for the twenty years we were at Beddington Park

  3. The Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton, who now look after the swans, ducks and geese that live on the various ponds, lakes and rivers that we used to cover and with whom, again, we always had a close working relationship

  4. RNS Urban Squirrels, who are based in Roehampton and who operate a small licensed rehab programme for grey squirrels, which is a vital resource for these much maligned but wonderfully intelligent animals.

We wish each and every one of them every success with the forthcoming, busy spring season and look forward to providing further support in due course.

In July 2018, we made a further series of grants to help local animal charities working in the Wandle catchment - these area as follows:

• Forget Me not Wildlife Rescue £1000
• RNS Urban Squirrels £1000
• The Fox Project £1000
• The Swan Sanctuary £1000
• Furry Friends (Coulsdon) £1000

In addition, we made a grant of £250 to Carshalton based vet nurse Dawn Randall to help pay for the care of wildlife casualties that she treats at the veterinary hospital where she works.

May 2017 - Dawn the veterinery nurse holding a birdIn May 2017, a further grant of £500 was made to Forget-me-Not Wildlife Rescue in Wallington, this time to mainly help fund their vets bills.

We wish them well with their continuing work and look forward to providing further funds later in the year. In May 2017, we also made a grant of £150 to a local veterinary nurse called Dawn, who works in private practise, Dawn takes on the job of looking after the numerous wildlife casualties that are brought into the surgery before arranging for them to go to a large wildlife centre in Surrey for the remainder of their rehabilitation.

She has to fund much of the food and medical costs from her own pocket and our grant will help provide a degree of financial security to help underpin her life-saving work. We thank her for everything she is doing and wish her the very best of luck.

Orphaned BirdIn April 2017, a grant of £500 was made to Forget-Me-Not Wildlife Rescue, based in Wallington, towards their general funds.

At this time of year, wildlife rescues of all shapes and sizes have to face up to the challenges of the spring orphan season, which places a considerable strain on both human and finical resources.

We hope this sum helps and look forward to providing further assistance to Liz and her team in the future.