Hedgehog needing help……
If a hedgehog is out during the day, whatever the time of year, then it is usually a sign it is in trouble. The only exception is weaning mothers from the end of May to early September (you will know a weaning mother -she will be on a mission)
The only other times you should intervene is;
- If a hedgehog is trapped
- Hibernating and nest is disturbed
- Babies crying out because the mother has not returned to the nest
Small late born hogs that are to small to survive hibernation – these need to be rescued November/December, when the weather turns cold.
Little ones under around 450/500g would need to be taken to a rescue centre.
Size guide for reference – please don’t disturb hedgehogs – only intervene if they appear to be too small.
Please, call a rescue centre for help and advice.
If you have found a hedgehog you are concerned about please use gardening gloves or a towel to collect it up, bring it indoors and put it in a high sided cardboard box with an old towel or fleece in the bottom for the hedgehog to hide under. Cover the box with a towel or net, to stop any flies getting to the hedgehog. Fill a hot water bottle (or any bottle) so that when it is wrapped in a towel there is a nice gentle heat coming through and put that in the bottom of the box with the hedgehog, ensuring it has room to get off the bottle should it get too warm. Make sure the bottle is always kept warm (if allowed to go cold it will chill the hedgehog and do more harm than good). If the hedgehog is bleeding please do not add a hot water bottle as this will make it bleed more quickly. Put the box somewhere quiet. Offer meaty cat or dog food (if available) and fresh water then call for help as soon as possible.
contact a Rescue Centre ASAP – time is critical, as they can deteriorate very quickly.
Charlie’s Helpline for Hedgehogs
Now live – still improving
Open 8am -8pm.
One number to call, where you will be able to get the help and advice you require.
Hallswood Animal Sanctuary – Stratton Strawless, Nr Norwich.
Contact – Lyz 07549 991 920 (24/7, leave a message, she will get back to you)
Sally’s Hedgehog Rescue – Newmarket Road, Norwich
Contact – Sally – Full
Hedgehog Haven, North Norfolk – North Walsham
Contact – Marian – 01692 404550 – Full
Hedgehog Bottom – Aylsham
Contact – Richard 07514845420, 01263 734948 – Full
Hedgehog Help – Long Stratton
Contact – Tracy 07766 913370 – Full
The Boundaries Hogspital – Gillingham, Beccles
Contact – Facebook – Boundaries Hogspital
Ichthus Wildlife Care – North Elmham, Nr Dereham
Bruce 01362 668303, 07769212966
Ryston’s Rachel Hedgehog Hotel – nr Downham Market
Contact – Rachel 07724005692
Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue – Hemsby, Gt Yarmouth
Contact 01493 384237 (9am – 6pm)
RSPCA – East Winch Wildlife Centre
Contact – 0300 123 0709 (9am -4pm Monday to Friday) (Wildlife Casualties 8am – 10pm)
P A C T – Hingham
Contact – 01362 820775
Brocks Barn Hedgehog Rescue – Alburgh, Harleston
Contact – closed temp.
B H P S – Bristish Hedgehog Preservation Society
Advice – 01584 890801
Hampers for 16 small rescues around Norfolk for Christmas 2019, to help the vast number of hoglets in care this winter.
8 Bespoke hutches built for Rachel at Ruston, to fit in her Hogspital
6 more small indoor hutches to help Tracy at Long Stratton to look after more little autumn juveniles.
New hutches for Richard at Aylsham -to house more rescued hoggies.
New hutches bought to help Tracy at Long Stratton to look after more rescued hoggies.
Dedicated Hedgehog Hogspital built at Hallswood Animal Sanctuary at Stratton Strawless, nr Norwich
Zoozone cages for Hallswood Hogspital
Secondhand hutches (from a closing rescue) purchased for Hedgehog Haven, North Walsham.
Funds given to help with the cost of installing the electrics into the new Hogspital at Hedgehog Haven.
New hutches bought to help several rescues to help with the influx of Autumn juveniles
Microscopes bought for (free loan) for Marian at Hedgehog Haven and Richard at Aylsham, to enable them to check samples quickly and cost free.
Secondhand hutches purchased for several rescues.
Syringes and needles purchased for Tracy’s rescue at Long Stratton.
Suction Units, for the removal of flystrike, free loaned to several rescues – Mel’s Rescue, Richard at Aylsham, Tracy at Long Stratton and Rachel at Downham Market.
Incubator donated and purchased, for free loan to any rescue centre who requires them.
Zoozone cages and heat mats available for free loan for rescuers and fosterers.
Food donated by Brambles distributed to over 12 rescues
Donated food given to Rescue centres throughout Norfolk.