Published on December 10, 2014
Our thanks too to everyone who continues to support us nancially, whether as Friends of Folly , through our standing order scheme, or simply with donations or gifts of food – it’s all very much appreciated, so please keep it coming! At the hospital, work has now started on tting out the new B4 development and, in addition, three of the new aviaries have now been completed. Across in B1, a new ventilation system has been installed to provide the building with fresh, clean air (a big improvement on the rather whiy stu we’ve all been breathing up until now) and adjacent to B1 we’re looking to start work on our new Mammal Area, where badgers, squirrels, dormice and various other small mammals will eventually be housed. In the hospital itself, it’s been a busy summer, with casualty numbers considerably up on last year, when, if you remember, the cold, wet spring caused a signicant drop in the numbers of baby birds being hatched; despite this improvement, many formally common species, like the starling and swift, continue to give cause for concern, as admissions have now dwindled to almost nothing. Deer call-outs though have gone through the roof, not I think, because there are more deer about – far from it – but rather because with our growing reputation for being able to deal with these incidents, more people are now contacting us; when you read the report on page 16, I think you’ll be surprised how many deer incidents have been dealt with this year. Badger and hedgehog numbers, on the other hand, continue to fall, with only 25 badgers and around 300 hedgehogs admitted so far this year; a far cry from the 40–50 badgers and (astonishing) 600–700 hedgehogs we were regularly seeing just ten years ago. On the fundraising front, we now have a Folly calendar, so please do buy one (or ten), while in another development, we’ve recently teamed up with Sevenoaks-based Invicta Insurance Services, who, amongst other things, are now helping us in the search for corporate sponsorship; all very exciting stuff! 3 From th ditor – wlom Th intr dition 2014 4 shaping up Th latt dvlopmnt in B4 6 Th Managr’ Rport Anntt Rily giv u a roundup of n and dvlopmnt 8 Naty dia of th month Antonia Blaklr put th pot light on myxomatoi 10 Fundraising stuf! 11 wath out for – man’ bt frind continuing our ri on ildlif hazard 12 N from th natur rrv 13 Education stuf 14 what’ it all about? corporat ponorhip xplaind 16 Dr dvlopmnt Th latt from our dr ru unit In this issue The Folly Wldlfe rescue tus is a registered charity dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife. The Trust operates primarily in Kent and Sussex, and every year, some 3,500 casuales pass through its door. Its education programme looks to highlight the many man-made hazards wildlife faces, as well as dispelling the myths and misconceptions that can so easily lead to persecution. The Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust RcN 1091857 The Broadwater Forest Wildlife Hospital Fairview Lane Broadwater Forest Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LU 01892 543213 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org .follyildlifru.org.uk Patrons Jilly Goolden & Jef Beck Trustees Phil Bannitr, Anna Madam, Trry Marh, Dav Rily, Dni Humphri, sandra Rddy, sarah Nunn Administrator Liz chandlr Wildlife Hospital Manager Anntt Rily Wildlife Hospital Supervisors Antonia Blaklr, Kayl Park Wildlife Hospital Assistants clair combr, Jnny shlton, Hannah Hall, Poppy Vloa Deer Unit Manager chri collinon Education Assistant carri Lyon Senior Receptionist Maggi smith Accountant colin Turnr Human Resources Lynn spnr Newsletter Design and Artwork stampppr Dign Newsletter Editor Dav Rily Planning Consultant Anthony Kn Proofreading editorial stand Veterinary Surgeons Th wll Hou Welcome... With the year now drawing rmly to a close, it’s newsletter time again, but before we dive in, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful sta and volunteers for all their hard work; with the hospital (barely) half-nished, has’ always bee easy fo hem, bu o oe complas (o a leas i do’ hk hey do!) ad as i keep ellg eveyoe, wll eveually ge bee. From the editor To the we edo of Folly Wildlife Rescue newsletter. i’s he Chsmas Appeal me aga! the appeal s he oe me of he yea whe we ask ou suppoes fo moey, so f you’e able o help, ’ll be vey much appecaed. Las yea, you doaed a absoluely amazg £6,000 which made a huge dierence. Mey Chsmas ad a Happy new Yea!