Fundraising for Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary

A family run Charity that looks after British Wild Hedgehogs. Setup in April 2015 and based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and covering the surrounding areas. Mother and son are involved on a daily basis and the Charity rehabilitates wild hedgehogs and orphaned baby hoglets that are sick, injured, or underweight. Over the last six years we have rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 1000 injured or orphaned hedgehogs.

We use 100% of donations to help the hedgehogs. Registered Charity No. 1190048

The Wild British Hedgehog has been included in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List for British Mammals. Their population has decreased by about 30% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas since the year 2000. It is estimated that 100k -350k hedgehogs are killed each year on the roads. Their habitats have been diminishing and their inability to access and travel through gardens and across roads has become in most cases, impossible. Roads create invisible barriers and also physical barriers for hedgehogs. The use of poisons like slug pellets, and intensive agricultural farming also have a part to play in their decreased populations through the loss of hedges and pesticides.

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 1-2 months.  One hedgehog can easily eat close to an entire can of dog food, 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 30-40 cans of food a day. This does not include the more expensive foods such as the critical care mousse and hoglet powdered food.

Donations are greatly appreciated and help us a huge amount. 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 in rehabilitation.

Some of the larger costs for the Charity are insurance and electricity along with 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 is more than £50 a week. These costs alone amount to several thousand pounds a year. There are also 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.

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  • Neal Crook 
    • £50 
    • 1 mo
  • Ellie Caulfield 
    • £30 
    • 4 mos
  • Helen Wheeler 
    • £50 
    • 6 mos
    • £20 
    • 7 mos
  • Chloe O’Sullivan 
    • £20 
    • 8 mos
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Martin Maylin 
Harpenden, East of England, United Kingdom