Officially The Wildlife Haven was founded in 2008. However, the founders, Krista and Lauren Langley began working with wildlife many years before, in the county of Herefordshire.
Most wildlife rescue centres in the UK are run from individual's homes and start by taking the occasional animal, which snowballs into many.
After rescuing and caring for both wild and domestic birds and animals for years, Krista and Lauren saw an article in the newspaper, in 1999, asking for volunteers at a local wildlife sanctuary. Deciding to get in touch with Beryl Bayliss, the founder of the Athene Sanctuary for Wild Birds and Hedgehogs, they began volunteering for her on a regular basis.
Beryl was an incredible woman, a former district nurse, who set up the sanctuary when she was 65 years old, caring for thousands of wild animals until she passed away in 2010.
During the eight years of working at the Athene Sanctuary, Krista and Lauren learned the most important aspects of wildlife rehabilitation and were able to be a part of the work that Beryl was doing, caring for Herefordshire's wildlife. Being so close to the Welsh hills the Sanctuary received many less commonly seen birds, such as Ravens, Manx Shearwaters, Peregrine falcons and hundreds of Buzzards.
Beryl had an excellent reputation for the successful rehabilitation of birds of prey and owls, and was recognised for her expertise by the RSPCA and the RSPB. She attributed her success to her hands off approach, with very little contact and no "jiggery pokery".