We’re focusing on Wildlife on The SEN Resources Blog at the moment and it seemed the perfect time to highlight the wonderful work that people do behind the scenes across the country to help care for our wildlife.
The lovely people at Lower Moss Wood in Cheshire showed us behind the scenes at their Wildlife Hospital and Educational Nature Reserve.
The nature reserve and wildlife hospital are not open to the public for visitors but we thought, you, our readers would be interested to know about the work they do caring for wild animals. And also that they provide educational visits aimed at primary schools and for children with special educational needs.
During the visits children are taken on a woodland walk by Ray Jackson, who has a wealth of wildlife knowledge and experience, having run the reserve as warden for 30 years. Ray teaches children during the visit about everything from how to make bird sounds to how to do pond dipping. More information about the visits and details on how to book a school visit can be found via their website here.
Ray and the team of volunteers at the wildlife hospital work incredibly hard caring for around 2,000 wildlife casualties each year. Whilst we were being shown round the hospital and nature reserve for example, we saw three different sets of injured wildlife being brought in by members of the public. The sick or injured animals brought in can be anything from a pigeon to a badger and the hospital’s aim is to treat them so they can be successfully released back into the wild, where possible. Without donations it’s impossible for them to provide this care. Find out how to donate on their website here.