Admissions are strictly by appointment only.

If you find a hedgehog, please call us for advice and to arrange an appointment. If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave us a message and we will call you back as soon as possible to arrange admission. 

Please do not turn up at the rescue without an appointment, it is not staffed at all times. 

Coronavirus (Covid 19) information:

 We are still accepting hedgehog admissions. Please call us on 07949 976717 and leave an answer phone message and we will return your call.  We may ask for more details over the phone to minimise contact.  Our phone lines are monitored between 8am and 7pm. Outside of these hours, please take emergencies to a vet, you will not be charged.

Found a sick or injured hedgehog?

If you have concerns about a hedgehog you have found, please call us immediately. Do not email or send a message via social media.  If we are unable to answer, please leave a phone message with your name and contact number and we will call you back as soon as we are able.



If you are outside Gloucestershire, please contact your local hedgehog rescue. You can use the links below or call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 during office hours.

If you have other non-hedgehog related queries, please read our Frequently Asked Questions section below before contacting us.

How to care for a sick or injured hedgehog

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

Never try and force feed or syringe water into a hedgehog. 

Do not put down food or water in a box 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.

Keep the box inside the house, out of the sun, and somewhere quiet - a downstairs bathroom is ideal.

Follow our guide below to provide initial care for a sick or injured hedgehog. Always phone us as soon as you possibly can for advice.

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 - hedgehogs born late in the year, please contact the rescue if you are concerned. Captivity can cause more problems than it solves. Where possible and where the hedgehog is being support fed we wil encourage you to leave it in the wild. If the hedgehog is very tiny please weigh it and contact us for advice.

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.

Support Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue


Click here to find out more and download our application form. 

Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue is a charity and can benefit from a gift left in your will. If you would like to leave a gift in your will, please read the information here.

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

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Hedgehog Research

We are working with Nottingham Trent University to carry out some research on wild hedgehogs in Gloucestershire. The research aims to understand whether personality (boldness) affects the number or types of parasites found in hedgehogs and discover if parasites affect body condition and survival in hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are vulnerable to extinction in the UK and this research may help with their conservation.

We are looking for gardens with a side gate access in

- Whitminster

- Arlingham

- Saul

- Hardwicke (roads around Wharfdale Way and Bridge Keepers Way)

- Kingsway (roads around Thatcham Avenue)

- Gardens in Elmore Back

- Gardens in Longney

If you are interested in taking part, please email 

About us

Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue research, rescue, rehabilitate and release native Western European hedgehogs. We have been running for eleven years and rehabilitate over 350 hedgehogs every year.

We cover Frampton on Severn,  Saul, Epney, Fretherne, Arlingham, Whitminster, Longney, Elmore, Quedgeley, Kingsway, Tuffley, Severn Vale, Stroud, Kings Stanley, Leonard Stanley, Stonehouse, Eastington, Berkeley, Slimbridge, Dursley, Cam and surrounding areas of Gloucestershire.

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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. We follow the latest BHPS advice for releasing hedgehogs.

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:

Where can I find further information about hedgehogs?

The websites below have lots of information about hedgehogs.

Terms and conditions

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