Helping Hedgehogs at Hornbeam Wood

The charity is a family run operation with help from the local community and setup in April 2015. Mother and son are involved on a daily basis. The charity looks after Hedgehogs which are sick, injured, underweight, or need help. Injured Hedgehogs are de wormed, de-flead, and any ticks are removed from their bodies.

Most of the costs involved in helping the hedgehogs at the Charity are currently covered by the members but some very generous people donate both money, food, and time (the Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts, and Nine Lives Vets Redbourn) which has helped out immensely. The charity opened an online shop in August 2018 which is managed in the hope that the funds made from the sale of the products will cover some of the daily costs of running the Charity and hopefully help contribute to the future projects planned.

We use 100% of donations to help the hedgehogs.

Hedgehog Rescue Costs:

Funding to rehabilitate the hedgehogs that we rescue will always be covered by the members of the Charity. A hedgehogs life does not have a price tag on it. But donations are greatly appreciated and help us a huge amount.

​We currently have a peak of around 80 hedgehogs at any one time and an average of between 30-50 in rehabilitation.  Hedgehogs in rehabilitation are with us anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months but normally at least 2 months.  One hedgehog can easily eat an entire can of dog food (I know... how is that possible?!?!?), but it's normally just over half a can or a large bowl of hedgehog food. It's not unusual to go though at least 40 cans of food a day. This does not include the more expensive foods such as the critical care mousse and hoglet powdered food.

There are a lot of ongoing costs involved in rescuing the hedgehogs but it costs about £20 a month just to feed and shelter a hedgehog.

Some of the larger costs are insurance and electricity for the Charity and the on-going running costs of the rescue vehicle used to pickup and drop off hedgehogs on rescue and once released back in to the wild. The cost of fuel can also be more than £50 a week. These costs alone amount to several thousand pounds a year. There are hedgehog consumable costs (such as medical treatments, gloves, various disinfectants, wound sprays, flea, mite, and tick sprays, milton tablets, etc..) and general maintenance and repairs to hedgehog buildings, hutches, and pens.  On top of this are expensive items such as incubators (although most of these have been very kindly fund raised by the community)

Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary 

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  • Rose Taylor 
    • £100 
    • 1 mo
  • Paul Naismith 
    • £220 
    • 6 mos
  • Emma A Taylor 
    • £30 
    • 8 mos
  • keiran kennedy 
    • £20 
    • 17 mos
  • Lesley Dent 
    • £10 
    • 20 mos
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Martin Maylin 
Harpenden, East of England, United Kingdom
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