A BIT MORE ABOUT US
Our founder, Debbie, with fosterer Linda and two of our happy hogs
Barnacle Hedgehog Rescue is a completely volunteer run centre, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and successful return to the wild of sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs. We will never turn away a hedgehog in need of help and will only euthanise a hedgehog if it has no realistic chance of recovery.
We take in hedgehogs from a wide area, including all of Warwickshire and Coventry, and some of our little patients have come all the way from Birmingham and Leicestershire.
When a hedgehog arrives at the centre they enter our three step process to give them the best chance possible of a safe and successful return to the wild.
INITIAL HEALTH CHECK
When a hedgehog arrives at our Hedgehog Hospital, they are assessed for injuries and any problems like fleas or ticks, which are then removed. We also check they don't have a wobbly walk as that usually means they are dehydrated and we need to inject fluids. We check their poo under the microscope for parasites, weigh them and give them medical treatment where needed.
We then keep them warm and cosy and continue to assess them in the hospital for 48 hours. Depending on their health needs they will either stay in the hospital for a longer period, or go out to one of our volunteers to continue their rehabilitation.
BACK TO THE WILD
Once we are satisfied that a hedgehog is strong, healthy and able to take care of itself in the wild, they will be signed off for release. We microchip all our hogs so if they arrive back at the rescue for any reason we can identify them as one of 'ours'. This is very useful for monitoring the success of our rehabilitation work.
We always try to release a hog in the area where it was found, as it will have built up a mental map of it's 'territory' and will feel less stressed. If this isn't possible we also have a number of local release areas which provide an ideal habitat. Seeing one of our little guys trot off into the big wide world makes it all worthwhile!
Before a hedgehog can be released back into the wild it needs time to build up its strength and fully recover from any illnesses or injuries. To achieve this we place them with one of our team of volunteer foster carers, who keep the hedgehog at their own home in a suitable hutch and continue to monitor their overall health.
This is particularly important with hedgehogs arriving at the rescue in autumn or early winter, as they cannot be released until they have put on enough weight to hibernate if necessary once back in the wild. This can mean a hedgehog staying with a carer for a couple of months.
THERE'S NEVER A DULL MOMENT HERE!
Little Dan couldn't get enough of his roast chicken. Rumours that he asked to be released near a KFC are unconfirmed!
These hogs are out on the grass ready for their release in the evening. Seems like one of them couldn't wait to be off!
Pumbaa was just two weeks old when he was found wandering along the side of the road in Nuneaton.
It's always the little ones you have to watch out for. Primrose was the smallest of her litter, yet definitely the most mischievous.
All of the care we offer our hedgehogs takes the time, skill and expertise of our trained volunteers and is how we use the donations we receive. Please continue to support us and our work, either by popping along to one of our fund raisers which are regularly advertised on our facebook page, or by donating via our Go Fund Me. Giving just the equivalent of the price of a takeaway coffee helps us continue to care for these wonderful little creatures.
Swipe through the photos for a peek behind the scenes and see what keeps us busy at the rescue - from checking in newly arrived hogs to getting out and meeting the local community.