An open day at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre will offer a rare peek behind the scenes on Sunday.

The event is only held every two years and gives visitors the chance to find out what happens inside a busy wildlife hospital, speak to staff and meet some of the many patients staying there.

Staff are currently caring for more than 560 animals at the Station Road centre, including seals, hedgehogs, ducklings, fledglings, swans, rabbits and ducks.

Among the new admissions are the first common seal pup of the year who was rescued in Snettisham and a duckling who got stuck in a car-wash at Tesco in Hunstanton.

The youngster was abandoned by his mother, but is doing well after arriving damp, hypothermic and shivering.

“When the public visit us and bring in injured wildlife all they get to see normally is our reception area, they never get a chance to come inside the hospital,” said manager Alison Charles.

“During this open day they will have a chance to peek down our veterinary corridor, speak to one of our vets and nurses and find out about the rehabilitation work we do for all sorts of wildlife.

“We will have staff on hand at various points at the centre to talk through the work we do with the different sorts of wildlife we care for.”

Money raised at the open day will go towards a new bird pool cover to help keep swans and smaller waterfowl safe while they recover.

Sunday’s event will also give visitors the chance to see swans being checked over and weighed, recovering seals being fed and view CCTV footage of the hospital’s very shy and nocturnal patients.

A hedgehog trail has also been designed to highlight some of the perils facing our prickly friends and there will be a chance to see the centre’s new hedgehog accommodation.

New for 2013 will be talks by the wildlife assistants in the flight aviary and a chance to visit the memorial garden.

There will also be competitions, stalls, tombolas, cakes and a plant stand, plus the chance to sit back and relax in the picnic areas.

The open day runs from 10am to 4pm. No dogs except guide dogs.