Hedgehogs Need your Help!

There are less than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. Woodlands Animal Sanctuary helps to rehabilitate sick or injured hedghogs to help give hedgehogs the best chance of survival.

Have you found a hedgehog out in the day?

If you have found a hedgehog out in the day, it will almost certainly have a problem. Before calling us please follow the steps below. We will be unable to assist further until these instructions are followed as it helps increase the odds of the hedgehog’s survival.

  • Pick up the hedgehog - Pick up the Hedgehog by slipping your fingers under its tummy. Alternatively use gloves or place a towel over its spines.
  • Secure the hedgehog - Place the hog in a deep sided cardboard or plastic box. 
  • Get the hedgehog warm - Fill a bottle (old drinks bottle or water bottle) with warm-to-hot water and place it under a towel in the box to ensure the hedgehog doesn't get burnt.

Once you have completed the steps above, call us on 01704 823293.

Hedgehogs need your Help

At the beginning of the 20th century, seeing hedgehogs wandering around at night would not have been such an uncommon occurrence. Sadly, a century later, hedgehogs have become an endangered species. The most accurate study most recently carried out (between 2003 and 2012) showed that the hedgehog population in the UK has decreased by 30% in just 9 years and the population continues to decline.

About Hedgehogs

From their impressive spikes to their eating habits, Find out more about hedgehogs here.


How to Help

Find out how you can help to reduce the decline of the hedgehog population.


How we Help

Find out more about how we help sick and injured hedgehogs at our animal sanctuary.


Our Education Programme

At Woodlands Animal Sanctuary we believe education is vital for animal welfare and the future of our country’s wildlife. Each one of our education programmes includes talks on how children can help to save the UK’s declining hedgehog population. Allowing children to experience this species first hand is not only a rare exciting educational opportunity, but we also find that children retain a wide range of details which can help save a hedgehog’s life in the future.

In 2014 we increased our outreach efforts and due to this we saw an increase in the number of injured or sick hedgehogs brought to the sanctuary by families of children who attended one of our awareness sessions.

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