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Visitors welcome to animal hospital

An animal charity in Surrey will open the doors of its wildlife hospital to the public for its annual open day.

The event is the only opportunity for members of the public to go behind the scenes at the Wildlife Aid Foundation's (WAF) centre for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.

Visitors to the centre in Leatherhead will have the chance to meet WAF founder Simon Cowell and his team, who may be familiar to animal lovers through the TV series Wildlife SOS, shown on Animal Planet.

The annual open day - on July 7th - is the WAF's biggest single fundraising event of the year and helps the charity meet the ever-increasing cost of keeping its hospital and wildlife rescue service running.

Wildlife vanishing from countryside

Click video. There's a stark warning that some of our most familiar wildlife could vanish from the countryside within decades. A comprehensive new survey by 25 conservation groups has revealed that 60% of species in our region are declining.

Birds, insects and mammals are all affected. Habitat loss and climate change among the causes. So is it too late to save the South East's wildlife? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out


Red Kites 'small success story of good conservation'

Red Kites wait to be released Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Conservationists say the successful re-introduction of red kites to Britain offers hope that other British species such as skylarks will be able to recover.

Two thousand British species 'in serious decline'

British hedgehogs have declined in numbers Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A major new study including researchers from Sussex and Dorset says that British wildlife is in a 'serious state of decline' with almost 2,000 species reducing in size over the past century.

The Butterfly Conservation in Dorset reports that three quarters of all butterfly species have seen a decline. The RSPB says that Britain has lost around 44 million breeding birds since the late sixties.

The State of Nature report featured research from 25 wildlife organisations across the UK.

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Sir David Attenborough: Wildlife report a 'stark warning'

Sir David Attenborough, who is launching the Study of Nature report, called it a "stark warning" but also "a sign of hope".

Sir David said: "For 60 years I have travelled the world exploring the wonders of nature and sharing that wonder with the public. But as a boy my first inspiration came from discovering the UK's own wildlife.

The golden eagle mainly lives in the moorlands and mountains of Scotland. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

"Our islands have a rich diversity of habitats which support some truly amazing plants and animals.

"We should all be proud of the beauty we find on our own doorstep; from bluebells carpeting woodland floors and delicately patterned fritillary butterflies, to the graceful basking shark and the majestic golden eagle soaring over the Scottish mountains.

Golden tiger skull focus of major exhibition

Gilded Tiger 2063 Credit: Martin Hayward-Harris

A replica of a tiger skull gilded in 23.5 carat gold is to be the main centrepiece of the Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition.

The wooden sculpture by Oxfordshire artist Martin Hayward-Harris is shortlisted for the 2013 award.

The skull is based upon a real tiger skull stored at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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