Welcome to Malvern Hedgehog Rescue (mhr)
Caring for sick,injured & orphaned wild hedgehogs within Malvern, Worcestershire & surrounding areas
For urgent enquiries Please call 07780 834411. All general & non urgent enquiries,please email by clicking on the mhr email link on any of the following pages.
Please keep an extra look out for sick,injured,underweight or orphaned hedgehogs particularly at this time of year..If you see a hedgehog out during daylight,It's likely to need immediate help.Please contain it but seek advice as if adult size it is possible it could be a nursing mum going to & fro to feed her babies.
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ANY HOG OUT DURING DAYLIGHT is likely to need urgent attention, please click on the appropriate link.
Malvern Hedgehog Rescue in Malvern,Worcestershire, is a voluntary & non profit making rescue providing Care,Treatment & Rehabilitation to sick,injured & orphaned hedgehogs within Malvern / surrounding areas & welcomes public donations towards provision of vital Medications,Food and Running costs. Please consider I run the rescue single handed and my fuel cost when i am asked to collect by those with no transport.
Having had the pleasure of hedgehogs in my garden, I am now an experienced carer/re-habilitator, listed on British Hedgehog Preservation Societies carers list. & work from my home in Malvern. I have cared for many hogs from within Malvern & surrounding areas since December 2008 & sucessfully reared hoglets from 17grms which otherwise would have died in the wild. Unfortunately not all hogs that have come in have survived due to severity of injury/ illness suffered.Sometimes the only thing left to do for them is end their suffering when sadly they are euthanized by my vet.
In December 2009 I attended a basic First Aid and Re-habilitation Course specifically for hedgehogs & am now able to give life saving fluids & medications.
By the time hedgehogs come into care they are likely to be very sick, injured, cold & /or dehydrated / emaciated.
Most will require some form of medication such as antibiotics, anti parasite medication, re-hydration fluids, creams/lotions and heat either direct, indirect or both. This will be in the form of an individual electric heat mat in each unit and a heated hedgehog hospital where they remain throughout recovery/re-habilitation. Food , medication & heating are ever increasing costs and all donations are very much appreciated. Some suggested donations can be found on the general facts page .
You too could attract hedgehogs to your garden.Provide some shrubs and bushes for shelter, keep a wild corner where the grass is allowed to grow long, make a wood/log pile which will provide shelter & grubs/beetles on which a hedgehog can feed. Keep a composter which may also be used for shelter and will provide worms, beetles & grubs, plant a pampas grass, which hogs love to sleep or nest build in. Have a bird table or feeding station which again will attract hedgehogs who will feed on the seeds and chopped nuts that fall to the ground. Many hogs have been found feeding at the base of a bird table particularly in autumn/winter time when little or no natural food is available. A hedgehog feeding station will also attract hedgehogs to your garden. Their excellent sense of smell will guide them to the food you have put out. Put food out each night once the flies have gone and hopefully they will return and become regular visitors.A hedgehog house/nest box would be a very welcome addition to a hedgehog. Place it somewhere sheltered in your garden and protect from direct sun and rain. Put a thick layer of newspaper on the floor & some hay/straw, shredded newspaper and dry leaves if you have some into the nest box. This may very well be used by a female who will give birth to her young. Please see garden dangers page for advice on safety issues on some of the above. Many hogs that come into care remain throughout the long winter months and do/can not be allowed to hibernate due to being under-weight, sick or injured. Their care is constant and ongoing and the aim is to re-release once fully recovered and weather permits. Please NEVER GIVE BREAD AND/OR MILK but always provide a shallow bowl of fresh drinking water. Not all hogs hibernate especially if food is available but can from September onwards when food sources are not available and weather is severe. They emerge from hibernation once they have depleted their fat reserves or the weather is warmer. Many autumn juveniles will attempt to hibernate and either perish or wake a short while after due to insufficient weight & fat reserves.They will be starving & unable to find sufficient natural food throughout autumn & winter to survive.
PLEASE REMEMBER - ANY HOG SEEN OUT DURING DAYLIGHT IS LIKELY TO NEED URGENT CARE & vulnerable to fly strike in warm weather. PLEASE CONTAIN IN A HIGH SIDED BOX or CONTAINER before calling.
This site has been created to offer help and advice to members of the public. My aim is to releive suffering & return all healthy hedgehogs back to the wild.
Find a hedgehog rescue, Click the link below and scroll down the page to find a map of listed rescues. Click on the one nearest to you for contact details
Please be aware of & the danger to hogs who become tangled & trapped in it.Any hog found tangled in netting although may look fine, needs to come into rescue for a course of antibiotics.The injury is not presented until some 7-10 days after when the skin breakes down & infection sets in.4 hogs have been admitted this week having been tangled in netting.25-05-12.All are making good progress.Keepnetting at least 12" above ground level allowing hogs to pass under instead of through it.To the right are photos of dead skin from a hedgehog, which has broken down & dropped off as a result of being trapped in garden netting. Luckily she was found and and after receiving antibiotics has made a full recovery.Many are not so lucky.
Please NEVER use cat or dog flea treatments on hedgehogs and NEVER use any sprays,oils etc to remove ticks from a hedgehog. Flea treatments are too harsh and ticks will regurgitate.Both will have a detramental effect on the hedgehog and probably end in death.
The ticks to the left are dead & completely dried up having been coated in something whilst still attached to the juvenile hog and are the cause of his death.
Please note.. Small/underweight hedgehogs whether seen by day or night at this time of year need to be taken into rescue for the winter & will need specialist care. December 2015. Minimum weight required for hibernation is 600grams
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You may donate via Paypal by clicking on the link or direct from your Paypal account and selecting gift option to firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be sent direct from your bank as a one off or you may wish to consider a regular Direct Debit or standing order to Malvern Hedgehog Rescue. Account number 12218060 Sort code 77-27-37 Which is a hedgehog specific account. Every penny is used towards the care and rehabilitation of it's prickly patients.
TO ANYONE THINKING OF TRYING TO SET UP A DIRECT DEBIT ON THE ABOVE ACCOUNT
PAYMENT CAN BE RECEIVED BY DIRECT DEBIT FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT BUT MHR ACCOUNT IS NOT SET UP TO PAY OUT BY DIRECT DEBIT SO PLEASE DO NOT TRY.
You may wish to coinsider making a donation towards vital medications directly to my vet, Best Friends, Malvern to the account of Malvern Hedgehog Rescue. Their contact details can be viewed below.
Please keep your casualty in a high sided box lined with newspaper with a warm hot water bottle and wrap loosely in a soft towel or provide some torn/shredded newspaper for bedding until the hog can be brought into rescue.Please do not use hay or straw as this can cause more harm if injury is present.
Above, Hillie Billie admitted on 30-11-12, Weighing 259grms and missing her back left leg and left, Tess, admitted on 1-12-12 Weighing 297grms and missing her back right leg.Both Juveniles were from different areas and are currently responding well to treatment.
Both have since been released back to the wild.
To the right,This adult female survived her winter hibernation and woke to suffer HORRIFIC injuries from a STRIMMER. Her upper mouth and nose had been strimmed off and she was found screaming in pain in a field. This photo was taken after she was humanely euthanized.
Please please please check area's for sleeping/hibernating hedgehogs before and during strimming. This is a tragedy that could have been avoided and she has paid the cost of someone's carelessness. A tragic waste of life. 18-04-15
And yet another STRIMMER injury. Pictured Below, This poor male has suffered a horrific injury to his head and looks like has lost an eye. He was admitted today 11-07-15 with a head full of large maggots. The live maggots that can be seen are just a few. There were many many more under the rotting flesh.
Pictured below, Same hog 4 weeks later with both eyes intact. One eye originally hidden due to severity of injury. The dead skin is falling off and he can now start the healing process.
Pictured below, Same hog 2 weeks later
Many weeks later 03-11-15 and is healing well.
Thanks to Heide, Hannah and Jan for their very kind donations to buy the new Nebulizer to aid treatments of very poorly hedgehogs.