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Ted Burdena message from the founder


THE FUTURE

Through its Trustees, the London Wildcare Trust has decided that it will not now be possible, with the funds and other resources available, to develop a new wildlife rescue centre in the South London/Surrey area in spite of what we had hoped. We are, instead, researching specific and specialised wildlife care and conservation activities that we may well fund or establish in 2018 but, if this goes ahead, it will not be local to the area where we formerly operated but no firm decisions have yet been taken as to the location of any future base.

In the early months of 2017, we funded a series of grants to other wildlife and pet welfare charities. London Wildcare will not be continuing with this work but will instead entrust it to our sister charity, The Wandle Valley Wildlife Trust, which will have a specific remit to work in support of wildlife and conservation projects throughout the four Wandle Boroughs (Sutton, Merton, Croydon & Wandsworth).

London Wildcare has transferred a sum of money to WVWT to assist it in carrying out this function and a website has been set up which will provide regular updates on the projects supported. That website can be found at www.wandlevalleywildlifetrust.org London Wildcare is not currently soliciting donations from members of the public but will use any other funds received from grants and legacies in support of its future plans, which will be detailed here in due course.

Fox cubHISTORY

London Wildcare operated a major wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre from its HQ in Wallington, between 1997 and 2016, providing care for over 60,000 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals during that time. For the last five years at our HQ site we also provided rescue and welfare services for stray dogs and cats, rehoming hundreds of pets and re-uniting over 1500 lost dogs with their owners on behalf of three London Borough Councils.

During the mid 00's we also ran an Ecology Centre on Wandsworth Common, where we provided curriculum based nature study sessions for hundreds of school children more used to the urban environment and a Field Centre at Walpole Park, Ealing, where our small selection of resident wild animals provided an educational encounter for local families.

We remain very proud of the work done by all our staff and volunteers over that twenty year period and of the contribution we made towards the care and welfare of London's wild animals. We also remain extremely grateful to all the organisations and individuals who gave so generously to help us make it all happen and who were there for us on the many occasions when our aims and aspirations looked almost unachievable.

There are still animals out there, alive in the wild or living in loving homes, who are only there because of the work we did, just as there are thousands of people, young and old, who through our work, now have a greater love and respect for animals of all species. That is a truly amazing legacy to leave behind and to all those who were a part of it, we can never thank you enough.

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Ted Burden, Founder, for and on behalf of the Trustees of London Wildcare.
1st June 2017