British Hedgehog Preservation Society - Carers

Registered Charity 326885

We are a UK Charity dedicated to helping & protecting Hedgehogs (BHPS). Helpline with advice on caring & encouraging Hedgehogs in the wild & garden

Hedgehog Carers
Results to Chew on
Hedgehog Feed Shelter
High Priority Hygiene
"Death-trap" Kerbs
Grants for Carers


The following carers are the largest places we have on our list, but still they are probably very full. If you find an autumn orphan please contact the nearest carer in your area for help and advice.

Angela Smith 01582 730896
Linda Bowbrick 0118 947 7847
Brenda Styles 01635 298869
Tiggywinkles 01844 292292
Margaret Burke 07702 342415
Wood Green Animal Shelters 01480 830014
Willersmill Wildlife 01763 262226
Ray Jackson 01565 755082
RSPCA Hospital 0870 442 7102
Bill & Anne-Marie Long 01326 251033
Kevin Witts 01752 822512
Mr & Mrs Dixon 01539 727920
George Scott 01697 343812
Gillian Hepher 01433 630328
Animal Refuge & Hospital 01228 560082
Buxton Hedgehog Rescue 01298 70754
Alex Quintrell 01752 565187
East Devon Wildlife Rescue 01395 265288
Gillian Greening 01305 266149
Mrs Taylor-Brewster 01935 873236
Mrs Angus 01325 315057
Chris & Barbera Firth 01642 531599
Ron May 01992 813124
Thurrock Wildlife Concern 01375 893893
Wildlives 01206 251174
Alan & Louise Brockbank 01452 700038
Yvonne Cox 01454 327715
Graham Bowring 02380 891264
H.A.R.T 01254 770438
Yvonne Baker 07967 923185
Caroline Gould 01386 882288
Willersmill Wildlife 01763 262226
Lynne Garner 01279 501591
Isle of Man
Vera Barber 01624 842262
Isle of Wight
Bob Cheek 01983 281544
Nicky Rea 01983 281518
Jacqueline Wilson 01983 613145
Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group
White Lodge, Waterworks Valley,
St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
01534 734340
Mavis Righini 0208 462 1168
Beryl & Alan Goddall 01304 205810
Sue & Ken Lewis 01706 860904
Janis Dean 01253 899404
Tina Talbot 01282 459682
Pat Wadd 0116 2606 424
Mrs Leniham 0116 260 0277
David Hall 01455 614013
Hedgehog Care 01507 450221
David Townsend 01522 530428
Harry Eckman 0208 888 2351
Maureen Young 0208 653 7628
RSPCA - Putney Wildlife Unit 0208 789 8552
Barbara Roberts 0161 445 5917
Animals in Distress 0850 605283
Mrs Walkden 0151 339 2922
John Dunham 01704 841075
Barry & Jane Smitherman 0208 292 5377
Sue Kidger 07776 153633
Anne Baxter 01692 503058
RSPCA Animal Hospital 08709 061420
Animals in Need 01604 636323
Dee Archer 01604 513185
Mary Paye 07990 862508
Carole Catchpole 01665 570650
Janet Peto 07940 714830
Teresa Cooper 0115 965 2323
Janet Butler 01865 726556
Erika Buchmann 01295 266303
Tanis Jordan 01588 680272
Megan Morris-Jones 01952 728070
Pauline Kidner 01278 783250
Beryl Casey 01275 848894
Tony Price 01782 811722
Sue Thrupp  01543 577294
Ros Rumbold 01473 687120
Nettie Trigg 01394 671735
Simon Cowell 01372 360404
Blackwater Animal Rescue 01276 31477
London Wildcare 020 8647 6230
Animal Rescue Centre 01825 830735
Animal Line 01342 810596
WRAS 07815 078234
Tyne & Wear
Chris McLaren 0191 488 6420
Caroline Gould 01386 882288
Anne Wills 01926 427811
West Midlands
Mrs B Kirk 0121 773 7843
Coiventry Hedgehog Rescue 02476 267765
Tom & Caroline Baker 01249 817893
Denise Barett 01666 510726
Vale Wildlife Rescue 01386 882288
Jayne Stephens 01299 266851
Yorkshire (East)
Lorraine Jackson 01482 502441
Kath Speck 01964 613356
Yorkshire (North)
Cynthia Buckroyd 01723 371256
Teresa Marshall 01423 504186
Yorkshire (South)
Anita Harper 01302 831754
Gillian Hepher 01433 630328
Anthea Midgley 0114 255 7824
South Yorkshire Animal Rescue 0114 234 9656
Yorkshire (West)
Pennie Keech 0113 266 3626
Susan Garforth 01274 870971
Kay Bullen 02920 623985
Sue Jeffrey 01978 856237
Flint Wildlife Rescue 01352 712345
Gower Bird Hospital 01792 371630
Joan Handforth 01492 584673
Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Service 01505 502415
Wormit Hedgehog Care Centre 01382 541311
South of Scotland Wildlife 01387 860461
Middlebank Wildlife Centre 01383 412520
Vanessa Reavy 02890 790969
TACT Wildlife Centre 02894 422900

Results to chew on

Summary of The "Hogwatch" Project at Lower Moss Wood, Cheshire, from a piece by Jill Key of Manchester Metropolitan University in The Rehabilitator newsletter; Spring 1997.

Following some earlier research by Dr Pat Morris, (Membership Number: 605078H) wildlife rehabilitators were worried that released Hedgehogs may be doomed to a rapid death by starvation. Hogwatch began life in the autumn of 1992 with the aim of answering a very simple question: what happens to Hedgehogs released from Lower Moss Wood in spring?

Hogwatch uses small radio-transmitters attached to the scruff of the neck to enable the Hedgehog to be relocated after release. It has also begun to fit small plastic spool cases with thread to the rump of Hedgehogs so that they leave a clear path of where they have been.

The idea is to keep track of the Hedgehogs for as long as possible after their spring release. The transmitter locates the animal in its day nest and it is weighed, checked and its thread replenished. In the morning the spool line is mapped and the droppings are picked up. The droppings are for studying: wild Hedgehog droppings were compared with those of released Hogs.

Between 1993 and 1995 a total of 22 radio-tagged Hedgehogs were released. The fate of the 22 was mixed, but during the first months unfortunately most were lost track of. However three interesting discoveries have been made.

The first is that the weight loss experienced by released hedgehogs appears to be a transitory phenomenon. Typically there is a fall in weight immediately after release, followed by a rise to near or even above the pre-release weight. Day-to-day weight variations reflect time of weighing. Dr Morris found a similar trend in previous studies and suggests that the drop in weight is a result of the increased exercise a released Hedgehog has. Also, obesity in released Hedgehogs may improve their survival rate by cushioning them against starvation while they re-adjust.

The second is that the wood where the Hedgehogs were released was not favoured by the Hedgehogs. All the Hogs tracked for some time ended up living in rural villages, nesting under sheds or compost heaps, or sometimes in farm barns and outhouses. The suburban/rural garden appears to offer the Hedgehog an ideal habitat, providing food and refuge. Surveys have found that wandering from release sights is common however.

The third discovery was made by Andrew Routh, the Vet. The teeth of Hedgehogs pre-release tended to be in a poor state, with a lot of plaque and often gingivitis as well. Could this be due to months on a diet of soft cat food? From the limited data collected, it seemed that wild Hogs ate more beetles than released ones: perhaps because of sore gums and poor teeth in rehabilitated Hogs. Hogwatch looked at admixing an abrasive substance with cat food to keep mouths healthy. The additives that seemed most suitable were: ground egg shells, coir (non-peat compost) and monkey nuts. Whether a diet of cat food mixed with one of these keeps teeth and gums healthy remains to be seen.


Hedgehog feeding shelter

Hedgehog carer Mrs Kate Deakin (Membership Number: X606079) from Doncaster has sent in this feeding shelter idea, which she has found very effective. "Use an upturned plastic cat litter tray 30 cm by 40 cm, and 9 cm deep. Cut a piece out of the 30 cm side measuring 6 cm high and 14 cm long with a hacksaw, then sand down any rough edges. I place a house brick on top - this stops any cats lifting it up to get inside at the food, and also stops the wind blowing it away. The tray costs only around 2 to buy, and the waterproof and cat-proof shelter lasts for years. I put mine on the lawn and enjoy watching the Hedgehogs going to and fro."

High-priority hygiene

Kay Bullen (Membership Number: 909018L) of the Cardiff Hedgehog Helpime writes: "I recently heard from a carer who had a Hedgehog post mortemed. The cause of death was discovered, but the laboratory also isolated Salmonella Typhonurium - although it was stressed that the Hedgehog had not died from this. Luckily the carer was meticulous about hygiene and also knew the person who had originally handled the Hedgehog It is therefore worth mentioning the need for great care to be taken when handling any wildlife. Also to note details of the person bringing in the casualty just in case there is any need to contact them in a situation like this."

Worry over new "death-trap" kerbs

The Senior Warden of Saltwells Nature Reserve has written to the BHPS about his concern over new-style kerbs - those completely enclosed with no external gutter. Each concrete kerb has a series of oval holes whose bottom edges are at road level, and give iccess to an internal gutter. Every 20 or so kerbs there is a metal one that gives access a gulleypot. To any small animal, e.g. a young Hedgehog, these holes probably look nviting. Warden Beynon thinks that these kerbs are a potential death-trap and is interested in whether anyone has looked under a metal gulleypot, or has any views or to information about this. Please write to the BHPS and we'll pass your letters on.

Grants available for carers

Good news! Some carers who are BHPS members may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Society to help them carry out their work.

This is a welcome move that hopefully will enable dedicated carers, who are experiencing financial hardship, to be able to look after Hedgehogs without any additional money worries.

Expenses incurred from food, drugs, cages, vet visits, etc. can be recouped.

Applications should be made to the BHPS in writing, and to make the process run smoothly, please include receipts or bills. Payments of up to 50 will be awarded where appropriate.

Vets bills, food, shelters, etc. can all add up to costing quite a lot. By introducing the grants scheme to members, the BHPS hopes to help the excellent and dedicated work done by so many carers.


Membership is 

Ordinary 7.50
Family 12.50
Overseas 10
Life Membership 75

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