For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild




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.

Download our Volunteer Application Form.

Print it out, fill it in and post it to us at the address at the bottom of this page.


Information for Resident Volunteers

Download our Volunteer Notes. They give details of transport, accommodation, checklists, etc.

Want to know what you could learn/experience as a resident volunteer?

Download our
Work Experience Guide.

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Volunteering at the centre

Local/daily volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers. Please feel free to download our application form and send it in to us. Or for more information please call.

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. 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 if you would like to volunteer as a driver to bring wildlife casualties to the Hospital.


Please email us at 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 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 if you can offer a release site.

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