Hedgehog Helpline began in 1988 and became a registered charity in 1995.
We take in sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs with the intention of returning them to the wild once they are fully recovered and able to survive in the wild. However, all our advice is aimed at the European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in the UK. Other countries may have different legislation or even different species of hedgehog for which our advice is not always appropriate.
We give illustrated talks about our work and can attend adult or youth groups, including school or any other interested organisation. 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.
In 2011 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’.
In 2015 Hedgehog Helpline won RHS Best Show Feature for our Hedgehog Garden at their event in Cardiff. (see photo below)
Hedgehog Helpline is run by volunteers and our resources are limited.
Most of our volunteers have jobs, families and homes to run, but are committed to doing their best to help hedgehogs in need.
We do not receive any funding and therefore rely on the generosity of the general public.
Hedgehog Helpline offers practical advice and help across the Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Monmouthshire, Newport and Cardiff areas.
If you live outside of these areas, please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for information about hedgehog carers in your area.
Our patron is the well-known scientist Dr Rhys Jones. Rhys is not only an esteemed academic, he also works alongside South Wales Police forces in combating wildlife crime.
Rhys is the Ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts of Wales and regularly appears in the media.
The first series of ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ (network BBC 1) attracted 12 million viewers and in September 2015 a new series of ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ began on the BBC.
Registered charity number 1046156
Hedgehog Helpline – Our Aims
Our aim is to care for sick, weak, injured and orphaned hedgehogs so that they can be returned to the wild.
We also aim to offer free advice on hedgehog matters e.g. how to make your gardens safer for hedgehogs here and how to offer basic first aid, http://hedgehoghelplinecymru.org.uk/emergency-care/.