Wildlife Rescue Trust
Caring for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife  


Hessilhead depends on volunteers to keep the centre running. We would like to hear from dedicated, hard working people willing to volunteer either as part of our wildlife care team or maintenance team. Training is given on site, but plenty of common sense and an ability to cope with a variety of tasks is required for this rewarding job. You can help Hessilhead by volunteering your time, services or garden.

Volunteer at the centre

Local/daily volunteers

Local volunteers help on a daily basis, feeding, cleaning and monitoring patients. We need to know which day of the week you will volunteer, and a weekly commitment of at least 4 hours is required. If you are interested please return the completed application form.

Resident volunteers

Resident volunteers stay in cabins on site. This gives an opportunity to become more involved with the running of the centre, to help with evening feeds and admissions and to take part in rescues, releases and fundraising events. Click here to download a word file showing details of what you could learn/experience as a resident volunteer. If you are interested please also read the notes for resident volunteers, and return the completed application form.

Volunteer your services


Please email us at info@hessilhead.org.uk if you would like to volunteer as a driver to bring wildlife casualties to the Hospital.


Please email us at info@hessilhead.org.uk if you are able to offer skills (such as builder, joiner or architect) that would be of use for building and maintenance at Hessilhead.


If you can help with fundraising, please see the fundraising page.


Please email us at info@hessilhead.org.uk if you feel you have any other skills that would be of use to Hessilhead.

Offer a release site

As Hessilhead gets busier, we need to find more release sites for foxes, hedgehogs and garden birds. Wherever possible, all rehabilitated animals are released where they were found. However, we are often looking for release sites for birds/animals that have been reared in captivity, and sometimes for adults that are being translocated, (such as Uist Hedgehogs). These animals are not pets. They are returning to the wild. You can help by offering your garden/ground/outbuildings as release sites, providing a temporary shelter and food till they adapt to their new location. Please email us at info@hessilhead.org.uk if you can offer a release site.