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
Results to Chew on
Hedgehog Feed Shelter
High Priority Hygiene
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|
|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|
|Alan & Louise Brockbank||01452 700038|
|Yvonne Cox||01454 327715|
|Graham Bowring||02380 891264|
|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
|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|
|Tyne & Wear|
|Chris McLaren||0191 488 6420|
|Caroline Gould||01386 882288|
|Anne Wills||01926 427811|
|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|
|Lorraine Jackson||01482 502441|
|Kath Speck||01964 613356|
|Cynthia Buckroyd||01723 371256|
|Teresa Marshall||01423 504186|
|Anita Harper||01302 831754|
|Gillian Hepher||01433 630328|
|Anthea Midgley||0114 255 7824|
|South Yorkshire Animal Rescue||0114 234 9656|
|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."
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.
Contact us for complete details about membership to help support the BHPS
Contact the BHPS by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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