Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust

Give a helping hand to hedgehogs

Each year Brent Lodge cares for 600 hedgehogs, with over 250 admitted in winter. We provide expert advise, life-saving care, rehabilitation facilities, specialist food and vet treatment to those that are usually too small or too sick to survive hibernation, helping to halt the local species decline.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (276179)

Campaign target

£4,250

Amount raised

£4,500

Donations

75

Championed by Private Match Fund

  • Due to climate changes, hedgehogs are breeding later in the year which means babies (hoglets) are often too small to survive the hibernation period in winter or mothers go into hibernation and abandon their young as temperatures go from hot to cold.

    — Emma Ashcroft - Brent Lodge Animal Care Manager

  • A sanctuary for wildlife in need. Dedicated, knowledgeable, compassionate and hard-working team. I really admire their "hands off" approach. Keeping wild animals wild, ready to be re-released when better.

    — Brent Lodge Facebook Follower

  • We found a baby hedgehog wandering around our garden during the day. It was tiny so we took it in and contacted Brent Lodge, who asked us to bring it up to them. They weighed the hoglet and it was 252 grammes, so far too small to get through winter. These guys do a fab job.

    — Animal Finder

  • A decline of 97 % of hedgehogs since the 1930's...some imaginative steps to ensure future generations grow up better connected to the natural world, every school child could have one day of outdoor learning each fortnight, ensure that everyone no matter how urban can gain access to greenspaces

    — Chris Packham Brent Lodge Patron and Naturalist - The Guardian

Situation

Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically in recent years, mainly due to habitat loss, agricultural practices, shrinking territories and depleted food sources. Warmer winters and disruption to hibernation are causing hedgehogs to wake up earlier to forage more frequently and later summers are causing more to be born too close to hibernation resulting in babies too small to survive the winter on their own, therefore we need to give specialised care to secure their survival and species future

Solution

Providing these vulnerable hedgehogs with the care and vet treatment they need will dramatically increase their chances of survival and once rehabilitated, we can release more breeding pairs back to the wild increasing their depleted numbers and stabilising the local population. Through education about the perils hedgehogs face in the wild and advise on the steps communities can take to consider hedgehog welfare we can improve the long term outlook for their survival in local natural habitats.