Established in 2001 as BeastWatch UK a site dedicated to reporting & compiling sighting reports of ‘exotic wildlife’ in the UK this quickly established a nationwide network of volunteer investigators keen to monitor these ‘out of place’ animals.
Throughout our Facebook history we have continued to develop as an organisation to become a unique and rapidly expanding Community Interest Company that works to provide a controlled response to animal related incidents nationwide. In maintaining a database of reliable and accurate information on exotic wildlife within the UK. Collaborating with eyewitnesses, wildlife organisations and other professional groups we aim to ensure members of the public are “wildlife aware” to ensure the public, the animals and the environment are protected from harm.
From the foundations of a Facebook interest group over twenty years ago we currently endeavour to utilise social media fully & operate an interest only page plus a dedicated lost & found pet group, we can be found on other social media platforms too.
Over the years we have evolved from an interest group into an actual service for exotic animal keepers and now operate as a wildlife rescue service too. Consequently we have been fortunate to have formed a vast network of volunteers – many of whom specialise in exotic animal keeping & are experienced in their welfare and management, as well as wildlife rescuers and rehabbers.
We have successfully attracted numerous exotic and wildlife rescue centres, sanctuaries & even zoos promoting collaborative working and forging the vital links and channels of communication which improve the services for animals in the UK.
From 2022 our animal rescue services will operate under the identity of National Exotics presenting a more credible and professional organisation as it becomes more important and relevant for us to form collaborative working relationships with emergency services, local authorities and government departments.
We continue to work towards our aim of having fully equipped & functional animal response teams in all areas of the UK. we currently have coverage in every county in England, four teams representing the geographic regions of Scotland, two representing Wales and a small team in Northern Ireland.
Our services are provided without charges under normal circumstances, our advice & support is always freely available.
We are contactable 24hours daily, seven days a week & 365 days a year.