We’re always on the look out for somewhere new to try, and after reading about Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Heidi Stanhope’s Love Local feature, we decided to pop along with our three animal loving children to check it out for ourselves ☺
Tiggywinkles in Haddenham is the first and the world’s busiest Wildlife teaching hospital, with over 10,000 British wildlife casualties coming through their doors every year. Patients range from the tiny pipistrelle bats to fully-grown Fallow deer. They take in any sick, injured or orphaned British wildlife and rescue, rehabilitate and when 100% fit and well release back into the wild.
The type of patients is vastly influenced by the time of year. Spring and summer is time of the baby boom where we are inundated with orphaned or injured babies from tiny wren hatchlings to fox and badger cubs and young birds of prey. Autumn begins the season of hedgehogs that are too small to hibernate. The winter months tend to bring the most large animal casualties.
Tiggywinkles has a visitor center where you can learn about the work carried out at the hospital and see some of their permanent residents as well as visit the Red Kite Rescue and rehabilitation centre. There is also a hedgehog museum with a range of displays and a small gift shop.
Chiltern Chatter verdict: This is a lovely place and well worth a visit to support such a worthwhile charity. During our visit one of the staff took out a hedgehog for us to see up close and explained all about their lives and allowed us the opportunity to take photographs and ask questions. The kids really enjoyed this part of our visit ☺
On the day we saw a variety of animals including: red kites, deer, rabbits, tortoises, hedgehogs and a variety of birds. It’s probably best to visit on a sunny or warm day as we were mainly walking around outside. The centre is very well looked after and clean. We didn’t take any lunch with us (bad planning on my part ☺) but there is a lovely play area (with ride ons) & picnic benches so it’s worth taking some food along if the weather is nice. It is small so expect to be there for a morning or afternoon.
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