Desperate plea for wildlife lovers to save under-threat Seal and Bird Rescue Trust at Ridlington, near North Walsham

The Seal and Bird Rescue Trust. Left, chairman of trustees Dan Goldsmith and volunteer Dan Eggleton

The Seal and Bird Rescue Trust. Left, chairman of trustees Dan Goldsmith and volunteer Dan Eggleton with Nemesis the female Peregrine Falcon.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The chief of a long-established north Norfolk wildlife rescue centre has made a desperate plea to save it from closure.

Three nestling robins now in the care of the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust's Dan Goldsmith after a van

Three nestling robins now in the care of the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust's Dan Goldsmith after a van driver found them in the back of his vehicle where Mr Goldsmith thinks their nest must have been. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Dan Goldsmith, new chairman of the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust, said if people with the time and expertise to run the centre's wildlife hospital could not be found, the charity would have to be wound up at the end of the summer and the buildings sold.

The centre, in Ridlington, near North Walsham, has been running for more than 20 years but was plunged into crisis with the death in December of its chairman and lynchpin Bev Cossé, aged 73.

Mrs Cossé was the main driver behind the centre's wildlife hospital, which cared for everything from injured seals to orphan songbird fledglings.

As yet no volunteers have come forward to take on the work, forcing trustees to close the hospital in mid-March.


You may also want to watch:


Mr Goldsmith said they needed people with knowledge of rearing, medicating and administering first aid to wildlife.

The post was voluntary, although travel expenses would be paid. They would also consider people without experience if they had the right temperament, and were willing to be trained.

Most Read

'It's quite an ask but we're desperate. It is a commitment but the rewards can be fantastic when something gets better,' said Mr Goldsmith who is unable to do the work himself as he lives in Gorleston and works full time. 'We owe it to Bev to try and make a go of it.'

The centre is still caring for a number of birds of prey and reptiles which are permanent residents.

Mrs Cossé, who took birds of prey to local festivals to promote the centre, was also well-known for her work with young people, many from difficult backgrounds, who learned skills, respect and confidence through helping at the centre.

? Contact the centre on 01692 650338 or email sbrt@talktalk.net

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus