How we're helping wildlife

We're here to look out for the welfare of all animals in the UK, and that includes wild animals as well as pets! Trying to improve the welfare of such a huge number of animals and species is a challenge, and our work covers a huge range of different areas.

These include:

  • Rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Wild animals kept as pets
  • Wild animals used in performance
  • Human-wildlife conflict, and helping people to live in harmony with wildlife
  • Cruelty to free-living wildlife (including illegal trapping, poisoning and shooting)
  • Management and control, or culling, of wildlife
  • Non-native species and their welfare impact on native animals
  • Research into post-release survival
  • The wildlife trade

How the RSPCA works to help UK wildlife

We use scientific research and practical evidence to support our views and encourage change in many different ways, including:

  • Rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned or injured wild animals at our wildlife centres and conducting research to improve our level of care
  • Raising awareness of wild animal welfare issues
  • Providing wildlife information and advice
  • Working with, and trying to influence, those who make policy decisions about wild animal welfare
  • Developing detailed protocols for wildlife centres to ensure the best rehabilitation practices for all species they care for
  • Training inspectors in wildlife-related aspects of their work, including identification, legislation and handling
  • Supporting research into relevant welfare issues, such as deer vehicle collisions.
  • Working internationally with both governments and non-governmental organisations, such as providing training overseas on the rehabilitation of oiled birds.

Browse the links below to learn more about our wildlife work. For information about specific projects from our wildlife team, visit the science group pages.

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