BARNACLE HEDGEHOG RESCUE
Barnacle Hedgehog Rescue is based in the village of Barnacle in Warwickshire. Founded by Debbie Boddington in 2018, our aim is to rescue and rehabilitate as many hedgehogs as we possibly can, while also helping local people learn how they can take simple steps to help hedgehogs in the wild.
Voted Britain’s favourite mammal by the public, these adorable little animals sadly face many challenges in the wild, and their numbers have declined sharply in recent years. Loss of habitat, lack of food, extreme weather and increasingly busy roads have all contributed to the large reduction in their numbers, but the good news is there are lots of things we can do to fight back and help preserve hedgehogs in our ecosystem.
The volunteers at Barnacle Hedgehog Rescue work tirelessly to save and treat our hedgehogs so they can be successfully released back into the wild. We will never turn a sick or injured hedgehog away, but animal rehabilitation is expensive, and as a small rescue we rely so much on the kindness of individuals and businesses generously donating, and for this we (and the hogs!) are very grateful.
Please take some time to look around our website, read about our work, find out how you can encourage hedgehogs into your own garden, and maybe even consider joining our team of hedgehog foster carers! Thank you.
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The best way to keep up to date with our latest news is to follow us on facebook. This is where we put out important hedgehog awareness information, appeals for items we are urgently in need of, and news of our upcoming activities and events. If facebook isn't your thing, you can also find us on twitter.
2019 WAS A BUSY YEAR!
With our seasons changing and autumn becoming longer and warmer, the rescue has faced the challenge of hedgehogs having two litters of young. Usually the babies born in the spring are fully grown and ready for hibernation by autumn, but the second litter of youngsters don't have time to put on enough weight for hibernation. They are often found underweight, dehydrated and ill with parasites that their small bodies aren’t able to cope with.
We were certainly kept on our toes by the influx of youngsters last autumn, along with our usual busy spring and summer rehabilitating orphaned babies, sick and injured adults and hedgehogs simply found dehydrated and hungry. However, with the help of the whole team, we were able to achieve these incredible results in 2019...
hedgehogs in need of help handed in to the rescue
were babies needing round the clock care
were rehabilitated and returned to the wild
"A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to bring a sick or injured hedgehog to the rescue, as well as anyone who kindly donated to us last year. We aim to help even more hedgehogs in 2020 and get them back in the wild where they belong."
Founder, Barnacle Hedgehog Rescue