A CHARITY is calling out for an 'army of volunteers' to help care for animals in need.

This RSPCA is looking for wildlife casualty volunteers. From injured hedgehogs to tiny fledglings, volunteers recruited will play a role in rescue operations and support frontline work of the charity's inspectorate in North Wales.

Training will be given to collect and transport sick, injured or orphaned birds and small mammals and take them to RSPCA centres or veterinary establishments.

Volunteers are needed in Llandudno, Abergele, Rhyl, Prestatyn. Barmouth, Pwllheli, Machynlleth, Llandrindod Wells, Holyhead and Bangor.

Leanne Hardy, RSPCA chief inspector Leanne Hardy, whose inspectorate group covers the North Wales area, added: "Volunteers play a vital and important role for the RSPCA and make a real difference in helping wildlife in their local areas.

"What’s also important to us inspectors is that they help to reduce the amount of time we spend on driving to collect birds in boxes and allow us to concentrate on case work, complaints, collections and other rescues."

Applicants will need to live in the towns/areas listed above and be available for training on Thursday, May 17 at the Upper Colwyn Bay Community Centre, Upper Colwyn Bay. Email volunteersupport@rspca.org.uk for an application form before the training day and note which area you would be interested in covering.

For full details, visit www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteer/vacancy