Hedgehogs at Ren’s Rescue
Ren’s Rescue has been lovingly nursing hedgehogs in need of assistance back to health for years now. If they’re not in need of serious veterinary attention we pop them in our small animal unit where they can stay warm and safe and get fattened up and rehydrated. Once they are ready to face nature again we gently release them.
Why is this work so important?
The hedgehog population is rapidly declining. Not enough hedgerows and too many fast moving cars has made the world a tricky place for hedgehogs to live in. Now the population has dwindled to what is thought to be less than 1 million in Britain, we take every hedgehog rescue extremely seriously.
What you can do to help hedgehogs
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. During the Spring and Summer months we get lots of calls from people who have accidentally clipped hedgehogs while they were tackling weeds with a strimmer. Dehydration is another issue we see a lot of in the Summer months. Be sure to give your grass and weeds a quick comb through before getting at them with a weed whacker and remember to leave a nice shallow bowl of water out at night. It’s not just hedgehogs that will be grateful for that little favour.
The RSPB has some more fantastic activities that the entire family and neighbourhood can enjoy working on together whilst making meaningful improvements to the chances of the hedgehog population. Here are some of the activities specifically for hedgehogs, but be sure to check out the other amazing activities the RSPB has to offer for all wildlife.
How do you know if a Hedgehog needs Help?
You have a hedgehog that needs help
If they appear to be missing limbs or have deep wounds that need medical attention, take them to your local vet. They know how important it is to help hedgehogs too.
If they seem dehydrated, underweight, cold, lethargic, disorientated or covered in too many ticks, give us a call. We will try to assess the hedgehog’s condition as best we can over the phone to determine whether you should bring it to us or the vets. Call Pamela on 07477 461481.
What happens to a hedgehog you bring in?
We will give them the very best care until they are ready to face the world again. If you found the hedgehog in your garden or area and would like to see them returned there then we can discuss a soft release plan with you.