There are less than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. Woodlands Animal Sanctuary helps to rehabilitate sick or injured hedgehogs to help give hedgehogs the best chance of survival.


If you have found a hedgehog out in the day it will almost certainly have a problem. Before calling us please follow the steps in this green box. We will be unable to assist further until these instructions are followed as it helps increase the odds of the Hedgehogs survival:

  • Pickup the Hedgehog by slipping your fingers under its tummy. Alternatively use gloves or place a towel over its spines.

  • Place it in a deep sided cardboard or plastic box.

  • Fill a bottle (old drinks bottle or water bottle) with warm-to-hot water and place it under a towel in the box to ensure the hedgehog doesn't get burnt.

Once you have completed the steps above, call us on 01704 823293.

About Hedgehogs

About Hedgehogs

From their impressive spikes to their eating habits, Find out more about hedgehogs here.
How to Help

How to Help

Find out how you can help to reduce the decline of the hedgehog population.
How we Help

How we Help

Find out more about how we help sick and injured hedgehogs at our animal sanctuary.

Hedgehogs need your help...

At the beginning of the 20th century, seeing hedgehogs wandering around at night would not have been such an uncommon occurrence. Sadly, a century later, hedgehogs have become an endangered species. Data collected from 1950 to 2019 has shown that the hedgehog population in the UK has decreased by 97% from a population of 30 million to only 1 million and the population continues to decline.

There is some good news however, as according to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in their 2018 report, urban hedgehog populations are on the rise, which may be due to the public making their gardens more accessible to hedgehogs.

Our Education Programme

At Woodlands Animal Sanctuary we believe education is vital for animal welfare and the future of our country’s wildlife. Each one of our education programmes includes talks on how children can help to save the UK’s declining hedgehog population. Allowing children to experience this species first hand is not only a rare exciting educational opportunity, but we also find that children retain a wide range of details which can help save a hedgehog’s life in the future.

In 2014 we increased our outreach efforts and due to this we saw an increase in the number of injured or sick hedgehogs brought to the sanctuary by families of children who attended one of our awareness sessions.

Instagram Pics



© Copyright 2022 Woodlands Animal Sanctuary. All Rights Reserved.
Registered Charity: 1190858