Hedgehog Care Rescue Sanctuary Orphans


Lincolnshire's famous little hedgehog hospital

Elaine started Hedgehog Care in 1980
Apart from her pension, Elaine relies entirely on donations
It costs around 40p per day to feed a hedgehog
There can be up to 200+ hedgehogs to feed a day
Elaine spends about £300 a month on vet bills
Hedgehogs are now an endangered species
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Caring for Hedgehog Orphans

If you accidentally disturb a mother with young do not handle the babies as she will abandon or kill them if they smell of humans.

Replace their cover gently and carefully with a stick and keep their whereabouts a treasured secret between you and a thankful mum.

If you do find an abandoned baby or orphan squeaking for help he needs the following:

  • protection from flies
  • a feed mix of ⅔ goats milk and ⅓ goat colostrum, from a goat farm or breeder
  • if you cannot get to a goat farm then use Esbilac, which is a puppy weaning formula and can be purchased from petmeds.co.uk or other online shops
  • drip 1 to 2 ml. slowly from a syringe at 2 hourly intervals
  • stimulation to urinate after each feed.  The mother would do this by licking the baby’s genitals.  You can do it with a damp tissue or cotton bud.
  • Constant warmth is essential for his survival.

See also our hedgehog first aid page. And the feeding hedgehogs page.

Further information and advice is available on request. If in doubt please telephone Hedgehog Care or a local vet.

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We Can No Longer Accept Visitors

As of April 2021 Hedgehog Care is no longer a visitors attraction so please do not call by.

With old age, family illness and Covid threat, we are always open for Hedgehog patients and casualties but sadly no longer for showing visitors round.

Hoping you will understand and continue support.
Love Elaine and Hedgehogs.

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If you have a hedgehog


please telephone

01507 450221

between 8am and 10pm