Hedgehog Helpline

Hedgehog Helpline began in 1988 and became a registered charity in 1995.  

We admit sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs all are returned to the wild once they are fully recovered and able to survive.  We have 9 Field Hospitals covering South East Wales. 

Abertillery, Abergavenny, Barry, Brecon, Bridgend, Brynmawr, Caerleon, Caldicot, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Crickhowell, Ebbw Vale, Llantrisant, Llantwit Major, Maesteg, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouth, Mountain Ash, Neath, Newport, Pencoed, Pontyclun, Pontypridd, Port Talbot, Porth, Pyle, Tredegar, Treorchy

All our advice is aimed at the European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in the UK.

Hedgehogs have now be classified as vulnerable to extinction, it is more important than ever to protect these lovely mammals.

Everyone can play a part in saving this wonderful species, whether it is home builders making hedgehog highways, local authorities, the public ensuring they have hedgehog friendly gardens the list continues. 

An important message is, hedgehogs should only be seen in the night (dark) as they are nocturnal, with only one exception a pregnant female hedgehogs out in the day. (These will be seen rushing around with nesting material in her mouth to complete her nest for the impending birth)


This is one of our Field Hospitals 

We give illustrated talks about our work and can attend adult or youth groups, including school or any other interested organisation. A small donation would be appreciated for attending. 

We also have a mobile exhibition that we can take to events. However as Hedgehog Helpline relies on our volunteers, we are often busy and may not be able to honour all requests. 

Hedgehog Helpline is often asked to comment on hedgehog matters in the media and have been featured by the BBC as well as contributing to a range of articles and books.

Hedgehog Helpline won the ‘Pride in Your Place’ award in the ‘Go Wild’ category.

This award ‘champions excellence and good news to the wider community’.

We have also  RHS Best Show Feature for our Hedgehog Garden at their event in Cardiff. (see photo below)



Hedgehog Helpline is run and entirely led by volunteers; making our charity rather unique. 

We do not receive any funding and therefore rely on the generosity of the general public and the occasional grant that covers wildlife. 

Hedgehog Helpline offers practical advice and help across South Wales. 

If you live outside of these areas, please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for information about hedgehog carers in your area. 

Hedgehog Helpline  – Our Aims

Our aim is to care for sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs so that they can be returned to the wild.


A critter pen, waiting for an admission.
Illustration purposes, they don’t remain empty for long!