Who We Are

Registered Charity number 1195351

The Special Branch is a small home run rescue in Sheffield that was started over 10 years ago by Nicky and Darren, who had two disabled birds.  Word spread, and over the next decade they became very busy looking after injured, ill and orphaned garden birds with the aim of releasing them back in to the wild.

Our Mission

The population of many of our garden birds has declined rapidly over the last 40 years, with some ending up on the Red list, meaning they are at risk of disappearing from our gardens altogether.  Our aim, whilst taking care of injured or orphaned birds, is to encourage  people to get involved in helping our feathered friends to thrive. This is something that can be done easily from home, so is accessible to people who may not otherwise get out.

Up until recently, we were the only active bird rescue in the Sheffield area.  With the help of The National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to get involved with like minded members of the public and help to set up small rescues like ours, who in turn are doing the same.  We have started a growing network of volunteers who benefit from helping our wildlife, while being involved in a group of people with a shared interest.

How you can help


There are a number of ways you can donate.  Our Bank details are:  The Special Branch  Account No. 44798468 Sort Code 23-05-80

or click the link below to take you straight to Paypal.  Thank you!



We rely heavily on the goodwill and kindness of our supporters.  If you would like to fundraise for us, whether it be a sponsored event, a plant sale, a coffee morning or a stall at a local event - please get in touch.  We can share your event with our followers on social media.


  We're often needing extra space for birds to recuperate or recover from injury, and during spring and summer we need people to help hand rear babies.  If you have suitable space and would like to get involved in learning to look after our feathered friends - please get in touch.

Did you know?

Newly hatched babies can be smaller than your thumb nail and need feeding every 15 minutes from dawn till dark.

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E-mail: contact@thespecialbranch.org

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