Wildline Wildlife Animal Sanctuary Saxilby

Gainsborough Wishes has had the pleasure of meeting Julie Smith who has been running The Wildline and Wildlife Sanctuary in Saxilby for over 30 years. Julie cares for a whole range of wildlife with each day bringing in something new- including all types of birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and foxes to name a few. Many of these animals come from the Gainsborough area on a regular basis, she also has referrals from the Scunthorpe area as well. Some are just left on her doorstep. Costs for food, vet bills and equipment come out of her own pocket so if you can offer any support to Julie please get in touch via our contact page and we will pass your details on. Thank you!


Julie will never turn away a stricken animal but looking after over 100 animals of all types every day comes at a cost. Apart from the day to day need for food and cleaning materials she has ever mounting hidden costs to pay for. Typical overhead costs include:

Electricity costs for dedicated fridges/freezers/microwaves for animal feed.

Electricity costs for 24 hours a day incubators for sick animals.

Phone costs returning all the public phone calls received.

Petrol costs to pick up injured wild animals brought to her attention.

Petrol costs to release healthy animals back in to their original habitat and trips to Sheffield to pick up bulk frozen feed for the rescued birds. Not to mention those Vet bills!!!!!


Please come along and support our fundraising event in Saxilby on 14th March 2020. There is much to enjoy|!


Nest Knitting Pattern


Using 2 strands of yarn cast on 54 stitches, then divide evenly among 4 double pointed pins.

Work in stocking stitch (all knit stitches) until the nest is approx 3ins tall.

Purl 1 row, then start decrease:

Row 1 K7, K2 tog – repeat to end

Row 2 K6, K2 tog – repeat to end

Row 3 K5, K2 tog – repeat to end

Row 4 K4, K2 tog – repeat to end

Row 5 K3, K2 tog – repeat to end

Row 6 K2, K2 tog – repeat to end

Row 7 K1, K2 tog – repeat to end

Cut yarns, leaving a 6ins tail. Slide yarn on needle, draw tight to close up end (put a few stitches across gap if required). Weave in yarn and cut off.


1. To make sure the nest is tight and washable, use two strands of washable yarn. Use three strands if the yarn is very fine.

2. Use double pointed needles – just about any size from 5-9 depending on the weight of the yarn. You can use circular needles if you prefer.

3. Instructions given are for nests that are about 4ins across. Cast on fewer stitches for smaller nests. For a smaller nest start the decrease with K6, K2 tog.