Tiggywinkles is a wildlife hospital, the largest in Europe they told me, which is open 24/7, 365 days to care for all sick, injured and orphaned British wildlife. Thanks to donations, All wild animal casualties brought to the hospital are treated completely free of charge and are released through a controlled programme, back to the wild, when they are fully fit. Any animals that cannot be released back are cared for here.
It is not huge, neither is it really a tourist attraction, but is open to visitors and worth a visit for families with younger children. Tiggywinkles is a charity and so all money made through the Visitor Centre goes towards saving the lives of the sick, injured and orphaned wild animals in our care. Secondly, children get a chance to get up close and learn about the animals, some of which are not so well. It is not only educational but will also help instil that much needed empathy in them from the very beginning.
The hedgehog area is next to the visitors centre and there was a hedgehog talk going on as we walked in. The cuddly hedgehog curled into a ball is the cutest sight ever. We learnt about their story and what possibly could have happened causing him to lose one paw. There were a couple others walking cutely in the female enclosure along with a tortoise (much to Ay’s delight), cygnets and baby geese. There is an enclosure with owls in, but we couldn’t spot them here (probably were sleeping) but saw some in another enclosure.
The badger Sett came next which is a darkened room for the Badgers but has viewing windows so you can see the sleeping Badgers. As you turn around the path, you will come across the playground. It is suitable for younger children with a toddler climbing frame, small swings and zipwire. There were lots of little tikes which children were loving playing on and the many picnic benches were all occupied by happy parents. The play area is surrounded by enclosures for red kites, ravens and a tortoise sanctuary. The enclosure for deer is next, which has a viewing station. We saw a few deer, one of whom had a leg missing but he was still hopping around 🙁
As you keep going, you will come across a pond with waterfowl such as heron, ducks, geese and swans. There’s an enclosure for foxes but despite lingering around for a bit, we couldn’t spot any.
The Orthopaedic suite had lots of amazing wildlife skeletons on display; from a tiny bat and frog to a mute swan and muntjac deer! You can also take a peek into the mammal and baby bird nurseries, where you will see just some of the patients in their care. The animals you can see will vary, depending on the time of year, but we saw baby birds being fed with worms and others being syringe fed (which Ay really enjoyed).
There are various talks through out the day. When you arrive you’re given a sheet with the times on. We only attended the hedgehog talk. You can also Adopt an animal today for just £2.50 per month. more details HERE
Address: Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, Aston Road, Haddenham, HP17 8AF
Entrance fee applies- Adults £6.90, child, £4.90, Under 3s free. See updated prices HERE
Opening times vary. Summer and spring: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm. Winter and autumn: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm. Please see our Admission page for more information.
The small shop serves some snacks and hot & cold drinks.
Toilets and baby facilities
Picnic allowed and many picnic benches around the place
Only assistance dogs allowed
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