Registered Charity No. 1168800

Emergencies

If you have an emergency concern about a hedgehog you have found, please call us on 07949 976717 as we may not pick up your email straight away.  Please leave a phone message and we will call you back as soon as we are able.

PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP AT THE RESCUE AS IT IS NOT MANNED 24 HOURS A DAY.  PLEASE FIRST CALL US ON 07949 976717 TO ARRANGE TO BRING A CASUALTY TO US.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does a hedgehog need to come into rescue? Please see guidelines below (scroll down the page to the "Emergencies" section).

How can I help support Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue?  As a registered charity run solely by volunteers, we rely on donations to be able to continue helping wild hedgehogs.  Donations can sent via PayPal or you could donate an item from our Amazon wish list.  Detail of how to do this can be found on our website at www.wildhogshedgehogrescue.org.uk.

Can I adopt / rehome a hedgehog from you?  No.  We always aim to release a hedgehog back to where it was found.  If this is not possible, we will only release a hedgehog back to an area where we have records of a known existing population.

Can I just turn up at Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue?  No.  The rescue is not manned at all times so please call us to arrange a day and time to bring a casualty in.

Can I visit Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue?  Yes, visits can be organised with prior arrangement.  We also open the rescue to tours at our open days; please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our events.  https://en-gb.facebook.com/Hodgehegs/

Can I volunteer at Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue?  When opportunities arise, we welcome volunteers who can commit to helping us on a regular basis.  Information and an application form can be sent to you on request.

Can I do Work Experience at Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue?  With prior arrangement, we welcome students over 16 years old studying in a relevant subject to apply for a work experience placement with us. We are unable to accept students under 16 years old. Information and an application form can be sent to you on request.

Can my child volunteer with Wild Hogs as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme?   Unfortunately no as we are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 16 years old under the conditions of our insurance.

There are a number of great websites with lots of information about supporting hedgehogs and wildlife in your garden, so please do take a look at these for further advice:

http://www.valewildlife.org.uk/

https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/

 
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Emergencies

If you find an ill or injured hedgehog it will probably be suffering from hypothermia, even in summer.

Never try and force feed a hedgehog and do not put down food or water for any hog until it is has warmed up and is active again as it will be unable to swallow or digest. The danger is the fluid/food will be inhaled.

Place it on a hot (but not boiling hot) water bottle wrapped in a towel and put in a cardboard box or recycle box lined with newspaper.

Cover the box in a blanket, place in a quiet place to warm up and phone us immediately on the number above - if we can't answer please send a text message with your name and number - we will respond as soon as possible.

Hedgehogs that need help are:

Orphaned hoglets - found out of the nest in day, or when the nest has been destroyed and the mother killed or injured.

Injured hedgehogs - with open wounds, fractures, bites, burns, or trapped in some way.

Sick hedgehogs - usually found out in the day, thin, dehydrated, possibly poisoned, or with breathing problems. Hedgehogs that are unsteady on their feet (wobbling, rocking) and one with flies around them.

Autumn juveniles - young hedgehogs born late in the year, weighing under 600g from September onwards - especially if out in the day.

Hedgehogs that should be left alone

Healthy hedgehogs will often rouse from hibernation for short periods even in cold winter weather. Do not assume these hedgehogs need help unless they are underweight or obviously unwell.

Adult females in summer that are uninjured but found out in daylight may be nursing mothers. Any large uninjured hedgehogs found at night (e.g. in winter or in the road) and picked up should be put back away from the road but near where found.

Links to lists of Hedgehog & Wildlife Rescues in UK:
http://www.hedgehog-rescue.org.uk/cms/find-a-rescue/
http://thehedgehog.co.uk/carers_rescue_centres
http://www.helpwildlife.co.uk/

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society doesn't have a list published, but if you phone they will give you a contact number for a local rescue within office hours only.
http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/contact.php

Of course if you phone or email me I may be able to advise or give details of rescues local to you. This would not be a recommendation simply the result of a google search. Jo Bisley 07949 976717 wildhogshedgehogrescue@gmail.com

About us

Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue research, rescue, rehabilitate and release native european hedgehogs in Frampton on Severn, Gloucester, Quedgeley, Eastington, Whitminster, Longney, Elmore, Saul, Epney, Fretherne, Arlingham, Berkeley, Slimbridge, Kingsway, Tuffley, Dursley, Severn Vale and surrounding areas of Gloucestershire.

Please feel free to contact us via the e-mail link below if you would like further information.


Email: wildhogsoffice@gmail.com



HEDGEHOG TALKS & HOSPITAL VISITS FOR DONORS

We are happy to give talks on our work with hedgehogs to our donors and supporters such as schools, care homes, community groups and similar organisations.

We can also accept visiting groups of upto 4 supporters at the hedgehog hospital by prior arrangement.

GIFT AID

You can enable us to claim an additional 25% tax relief on top of your doantion provided you are a UK tax payer by downloading, completing and sending this form: Gift Aid Form

Links to membership forms: Adult  Child


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