If you are reading this then it’s likely that you are a hedgehog friend. You’ll be happy to hear that you are by no means the only one! There are thousands of people across the country who devote their time to helping hedgehogs.
If you want to do more for our prickly pals, then you might find this article of interest. In it you will find links to hedgehog charities, hedgehog hospitals and other organisations that do what they can to preserve, save and rescue hedgehogs.
If you know of an organisation which is missing from the list (or if you spot any mistakes!), then please let us know. You can email Graeme here at Education Quizzes and he’ll rectify the situation at once.
Now, let’s take a look at who is out there.
Hedgehog Street is a joint venture between The People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. They work to protect hedgehogs through a network of over 60,000 “Hedgehog Champions” from around Britain, who form a community dedicated to helping hedgehogs.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is there for anyone who finds a sick, injured or orphaned hedgehog. They can put you in touch with hedgehog rehabilitators across the country and they also try to raise awareness of the hedgehog’s plight via campaigns such as Hedgehog Awareness Week, or their Hedgehog Highways petition.
The Wildlife Trusts is a network of 800,000 members in local trusts around the UK dedicated to protecting nature. As you would expect, they do a fair amount or work for hedgehogs. Their website has advice on making your garden hedgehog-friendly, constructing a hedgehog home, or even adopting a hedgehog.
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is a charity who work to protect species in danger of extinction, not only in Britain, but around the world. They conduct research on how to help hedgehogs, and offer a course on hedgehog-friendly land management as well as partnering the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on ‘Hedgehog Street’.
Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital
Probably the most famous hedgehog hospital, Tiggywinkles offers year-long, 24-hour care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in Britain. In its 40-year history, Tiggywinkles has looked after more than 300,000 patients and is the busiest wildlife hospital in the world.
If you have found a sick or injured hedgehog then you will want to help it. Thankfully, as well as Tiggywinkles, there are many more hedgehog hospitals around the country. This list should help you find the one closest to you:
Even if you rarely encounter hedgehogs, there is another way you can help. Education Quizzes has set up a petition aimed at banning the poison metaldehyde. It is used in slug pellets and has a major effect on hedgehogs who rely on slugs for food.
The toxin was banned by the British Government in 2018 but that was overturned due to technical reasons less than a year later – not because metaldehyde is safe, but due to a ‘technical error’.
Will you help us to save the hedgehog by adding your name to our cause? It’s so easy to do – just follow this link. We’d be extremely grateful.
And, if you want to find out more about hedgehogs, or about our campaign, you might find these pages of interest: