Don't wait if you think an animal is in trouble.
Prompt action does make the difference between life and death. Please don't just watch a hog in trouble, it is better to call someone and find out that it is OK, than wait and find out it is too late. The earlier a wild animal in trouble is rescued the better the chance of a happy ending.
Covering: North Worcestershire, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Redditch, Stourport on Severn, Kidderminster. South Birmingham; Rednal, Longbridge, Northfield. And surrounding areas.
We are now in our 5th year of running which has seen many hedgehogs come under our care, many changes and improvements to our facilities and knowledge and we would like to thank everyone for their support.
Photo Album of some of the hedgehogs we have rescued
NEW for 2014 - RECENT ADMISSIONS PAGE
Stories, Hedgehog Info & activities for children.
How you can help wildlife/hedgehogs in your garden.
Thank you for visiting the Willows Hedgehog Rescue site. We are a self funded hedgehog rescue service dedicated to rescue and rehabilitation of distressed, orphaned and injured Hedgehogs as well as providing awareness and education.
We respond to incidents of injured & ill hedgehogs & orphaned hoglets providing examination, treatment and rehabilitation ensuring that the hedgehogs get the medical attention they need either via our vets in more serious cases or in the majority of cases via ourselves.
We keep them fed and safe in our rescue area and finally in our outdoor pre-release area until they are ready for release back into the wild. Sadly some hedgehogs do sustain injuries that despite ours and our vets best efforts are beyond repair or would cause insurmountable disability and in these cases they have to be euthanized but we ensure that this is carried out humanely and only when absolutely necessary.
Not all of the hedgehogs that come in to us can be returned to the wild. A small proportion - those that are blind or have to have a back leg amputated are relocated to large secure gardens to live as natural a life as possible. We have the experience to know that these hedgehogs can live a next to normal life rather than ending their lives. Any hedghogs placed into secure gardens are left to be wild but are monitored for any stress or issues.
There are many things that everyone can do to help our prickly friends to minimise the chance that they will get into trouble and need rescue. Please visit the Helping Hogs page to see how you can help.
Hedgehogs are in decline in the UK and have suffered due to many changes: land management, urban encroachment on the countryside, increased road traffic, ignorance, very tidy gardening and from the use of pesticides and netting to name only a few. This has resulted in many displaced and injured hogs. It is our aim to care for these Hedgehogs, to rehabilitate them and return them to the wild where they belong. We also wish to bring these hazards to the attention of everyone to try to make the world a better place for these wonderful, iconic and unique little creatures.
New housing developments are increasingly causing issues with impenetrable fences and gravel boards, please join us in campaining for a simple solution. You can also make the same change in your garden if you have solid fencing.
Click the title link above.
Even just a couple of pounds helps towards the treatment and daily needs of the hedgehogs in our care.
The cost of running the rescue unit runs into thousands of pounds every year, all of which we rely on fundraising and donations to cover.
UK Hedgehog Population in FREEFALL.
The latest reports are even more worrying showing that hedgehog populations are in freefall. We need your help in our initiative to record all possible hedgehog sightings in North Worcestershire and parts of South Birmingham. Please follow the link for further information.
We also give talks and educational visits to schools and groups. We feel that rescue is very important to help our native wildlife but we also believe that the future for our wildlife can only be secured with the involvement of everyone. To this end we give talks and education about what we do as a rescue unit, but we also deliver environmental education looking at the natural world and how we all can make a difference in creating and maintaining the habitats that our native wildlife needs to thrive. For more information please contact us.
May 2013 saw the launch of our competition for schools in North Worcestershire and South Birmingham to win wildlife planting and wildlife goodies. Look out for opening dates in 2014.
Visit the page for more information and for updates on the project. Willows Wildlife Corner Winner now Announced, please visit the page for more information!
We are now booking in our awareness and fund raising events for 2014.
Please check the events page for details and if you can come along and support us.
Hedgehogs are very active now & hopefully will be visiting your gardens. Please keep an eye out for any that are in trouble: Injured, Ill or out in daylight.
Hoglet litters will also be being born so please do not disturb nests & listen out for constant peeping which may mean that something has happened to mum. Don't dsturb the nest and call for advice/help straight away.
You can help hedgehogs by leaving some food and clean water out for them.
Dry puppy or kitten biscuits are the best in chicken or beef flavours, soft food can be left out as well but will need regularly changing. Place the food bowls under an upturned plastic tub or wooden box with a 4" square hole with the sides smoothed. This lets the hedgehogs get to the food but cats etc can't allowing the hedgehogs to eat in peace & stopping the food being eaten before they can get to it.
Of course to able to enjoy all of this hedgehogs have to able to get into your garden. All it takes is a 4" gap and hedgehogs can get in and out.
If thoughts are turning to working in the garden as we head into spring, please consider making your garden wildlife friendly and to avoid possible garden dangers for hedgehogs.
More info Gardening for Hedgehogs
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Our Basic Standards
- To provide suitable clean accommodation to all animals in with us.
- To provide that accommodation in a secure dedicated stress free rescue area away from human noise and smells.
- To provide the medical attention that the animal requires regardless of cost or time.
- To provide that treatment where the animal has a chance of recovery and ability to survive in the wild or in the case of animals whose injuries are too extensive to euthanize humanly.
- To ensure that the animal is fully recovered before release.
- To release where the animal has the best possible chance of surviving.
For more information about us please visit the About Us page.
Character Willow, Copyright Charlie Creek.
All photographs, Illustrations, Audio, Video & content copyright CharlieCreek 2010 - 2014