Acorn Squirrel Rescue is a licenced grey squirrel sanctuary, based in Somerset. It was founded by Zoe, having spent several years in the wildlife sector as an animal carer and orphan rearer.
It was a love of animals and wildlife and also a natural instinct towards the animals being cared for, and especialy a love of squirrels, that lead initially to Acorn Wildlife Rescue being created. Then due to licencing changes being made in the UK meaning that only sanctuary could now be offered to grey squirrels by rescue centres under licence, and many chosing not to persue this new licencing route. We felt that grey squirrels were getting a pretty bad deal, with many being put to sleep after being handed into vets and rescue centres after of what would have already been a pretty terrible day for them. So we decided that by concentrating on grey squirrels primarily, then hopefully we could save more little lives, so Acorn Squirrel Rescue was created to care for orphaned and injured grey squirrels in the South West.
Acorn Squirrel Rescue is run from our home in rural Somerset just off the M5, between Weston-super-Mare, Cheddar and Bristol. Unfortunately we are not open to the public, this helps us to provide a safe and quiet enviroment in which to care for the animals that are currently with us. We have quiet orphan rearing room, space for respite and rehabilitation, modern enclosures for those who cannot be released as well as outdoor pre-release facilities for those who can.
• Our aim is to always, where possible, return an animal to the wild.
• We do not believe that a healthy animal should be put down.
• Our goal is to enable each animal to grow or recover to a point where they will be successful in the wild.