Erinaceus europaeus - boar, sow, hoglet, piglet


Hedgehogs are very useful visitors to any garden. They eat slugs, beetles, caterpillars, and a variety of other cute creepy crawlies, and in fact everything that makes holes in your plants will probably be the prey of these spiky fellows, making them a must have in any garden. They have declined from 30 million in the 1970's to around 1 million now. We as humans are pretty poor at looking out for the wildlife we share our space with but this is one of the most horrific examples of our lack of caring. Pesticides kill!



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Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we're beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of this century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin."


Dick Irwin, toxicologist at Texas A&M Universities



Slug pellets and pesticides kill slugs and insects because they are poisonous. That poison means they suffer a very painful death, do not use them. These insects and slugs do not eat to annoy you they eat to survive. The poison ensures a painful and slow death. It can be passed onto larger animals that eat them and go right through the food chain. The poison will end up in our water table when it rains. Whilst this may sound extreme  it is not. We must protect our planet and maintain the balance. We can still progress but must strive to find greener solutions to everyday issues. If we all do just that little extra everyday we will be working towards a greener planet. What have you done today to make a differnce





hog skullMany of our most precious native creatures feed off these cute beasts so why not encourage them to frequent your garden and help balance our environment.

Hedgehogs will help keep your slug population under control, just a shallow bowl of water and an alternate meat based  food supply will keep them with you.
Birds are also another predator of the slug and can be encourage into your garden with bird seed and a water supply.

Beer traps are an organic option to pesticides they are a container sunk in the ground with beer in it.

Grapefruit skin are another alternative. Put this on the ground like a dome and remove slugs daily. Move this around the garden.


The British Hedgehog Preservation Society say

Slug pellet confusion

Recently we have received letters and calls of concern from members and carers who have seen Bio Mini Slug Pellets advertised using pictures of hedgehogs.  We are worried that people may think this means the pellets cannot harm hedgehogs.  The pellets concerned made by PBI Homes & Gardens contain an ingredient called metaldehyde; we have post mortem reports of hedgehogs that have died from ingesting this chemical and believe that it does pose a threat to hedgehogs.  We were approached by a representative of PBI Home & Gardens to endorse this product and refused because we believe the pellets pose a threat to hedgehogs.  We explained this in our letter to the representative, enclosing copies of the aforementioned post mortem reports.

We, along with other concerned individuals and groups have written to the Advertising Standards Agency and Trading Standards voicing our fears.  Letters have also been written to the stores where such promotions have been seen, and in response B&Q have said “The 'hedgehog friendly' claim made on the product packaging does not meet B&Q standards; hence B&Q will develop an action plan with our suppliers to delete this phrase from the packaging on a rolling programme. 




Hedgehogs are opportunists and will rest and shelter where it is safe, for example a wild area or a pile sticks. A very well placed hedgehog house will help attract them and encourage them to stay.

Water is needed for our spiky friends but please make sure your pond has an area where a hedgehog can climb out by using a rock or mesh. Hedgehogs can swim but will quickly become cold and tired if they cannot get out as they cannot tread water indefinitely.

Milk isn't good for them and can upset their stomach. Dog food, nuts and minced meats are the most similar to a natural diet. They will eat sweet things, but like us their teeth will rot and with no false teeth or dentists on hand in the wild they will not survive without teeth.



Hedgehogs sometimes feed on eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds.

Please be aware that drains can be a death traps if a hedgehog falls down one, so please keep them covered.
Strimming around the edges in a garden can disturb a sleeping hedgehog and can even harm or kill them, we see many each year with awful injuries from strimmers.



If you find a hedgehog, place the hedgehog in a large box with clean, fresh hay, crumpled newspapers or dry leaves. Also add heat with a hot water bottle, fresh clean water and some dog food.
Hedgehogs are named after their pig-like habit of rooting through the undergrowth for food. They are quite noisy and can be heard snuffling and grunting during their activities
Hedgehogs normally live up to five years in the wild but can reach 8 years in captivity. Their body length is normally 15-30 cm with a weight of up to 2kg.
The hedgehog is Britains only spiney mammal. The upper parts of the head and body are covered in short, yellow-tipped spines - adults may have up to 5000 spines. The rest of the body is covered with brown fur, and the hedgehog has a short tail.
European hedgehogs range across Europe, including Britain, from Scandinavia to Romania. They were introduced to New Zealand.
Their preferred habitat is forest, hedgerows, scrub, cultivated land and they are commonly found in gardens.



Males and females may share a nest for a short period during the breeding season. Females produce one or two litters a year of about five young. These are weaned after five weeks. The mother will just leave the nest and sometimes you will hear piping (a shrill noise) that the abandoned hoglets will make.


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Hedgehogs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act in Britain, and may not be trapped without a licence. Numbers are in decline due to habitat loss and slug pellets. Hedgehogs are often killed by manmade influences, such as in ponds, bonfires, on roads, by strimmers, lawnmowers, pesticides, garden netting and litter. They can also be food for foxes, pine martens, stoats and badgers.


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In the summer, hedgehogs shelter during the day in temporary nests of leaves, moss and grass. By autumn, hedgehogs have dramatically put on weight in preparation for their hibernation.

Their hibernation nests are typically situated under hedgerows. They hibernate until the following March or April, during which time their body temperature and heart beat fall dramatically from 190 to about 20 beats per minute. Most hedgehog deaths occur during this hibernation period.



Their eyesight is poor, but their sense of smell and hearing are very good, and they can swim and climb well. Their dense covering of spines offers protection when the animal is disturbed, rolling up in a tight ball covering the head and soft underside.

Read more about keeping your garden hedgehog safe

Give a Hog a name
Hedgehogs and Bonfires
Hedgehogs-Don’t use slug pellets

Hospitalization Cages

We are in need of specialist hospitalization cages .


The cost of these cages range from £386 to £4900 for the units we require. We are currently raising money for these to help our orphans and patients. We have found these cages to be invaluable as they offer the ultimate level in safety and hygiene, which enables us to give our patients the expert care and attention to enable them to recover. These are designed specifically for our needs.


If your local Veterinary Practice or reserch laboratories are refurbishing, please let us know as they may be removing and replacing cages that we can use.


donate hospitalisation cages

Cat and Dog Food

cat food

We need cat and dog food, it can be dry or wet, any type is just fine.


If you have a fussy cat or dog and you keep trying new food and they don't like it, please send the rest of the food to us as our cute patients are not so fussy.


One sachet of cat food will feed a baby hedgehog for a day so every little really does help. No donation is too small.


Medical Equipment


We are always in need of medical equipment to treat our wildlife and would be grateful for any pre loved items from veterinary surgeries and animals hospitals.


We are happy to get expensive machines repaired so if you know of any vets being refurbished ask them if we can have any of their old equipment. This equipment is very expensive but really does improve our level of care.


Old Towels

old towels donate


We use thousands of old towels each year. If you are having a clear out in your airing cupboard or a colour change in your bathroom, WC or if you are downsizing, clearing out for a relative or if you just hate your towels please let us have them. Many of our angels are injured, hay and straw can get into wounds and irratate them, so towels are just perfect.


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Crush cage £52.29
Net £29.00
Rabies gloves £68.00
Specialist remote trap £459.00
Standard trap £120.00
Net loop £94.00
Avian net £37.98
Stick holster £83.78
Ultra bite gloves £60.00
Heavy duty gauntlets £170.00

Old Mobile Phones

Do you or your friends keep up to date with the latest mobile phone trends because if you do please send us your old mobile phone so we can change them for cash and then change that into food. You old mobile could help some of our precious orphans who themsleves had just had a close call! Send to Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, Marlborough House, Augustus Gardens, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 1HL


Used Stamps


Please send us your old used stamps we can change them into cash. These old and used stamps bring vital funds to our rescue, so if you get good news through the post think of us and save that stamp. You can send or deliver these to us in any amounts. No amount is too small and each stamp is gratefully received. Send to Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, Marlborough House, Augustus Gardens, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 1HL


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How we started


Whilst out walking with my dog in the early 1980's I found a small hedgehog stuck in a fence. He was too fat to go through and his prickles wouldn't let him go back.

He had been pushing so long in an attempt to free himself that the wire had cut into his body and his leg was bleeding where he had pushed and pushed against the ground. I had in my handbag a pair of pliers (no surprise to anyone who knows me) I cut the wire and removed the hedgehog READ MORE





We are run totally by volunteers. Our volunteers are dedicated and come from a wide range of backgrounds and all bring something special to our team.


We are always looking for more volunteers to carry out some of the roles below.

If you have some spare time and would like to help us in some area please fill out the following form and return it to [email protected] and we will be in contact with you.

As well as helping with animal care, there are other volunteering opportunities.

Maybe you could collect injured animals in your area when needed and bring them into us.


Perhaps you have experience in fundraising or PR and you can help raise awareness of our charity through local and national media?

Maybe you have strong administration skills.

If you think that you have the skills to help us then please complete the form on this page. Volunteers

We are sorry but we cannot take anyone under the age of 18.




Many schools have charities for a year. Why not suggest us to your school? As a wildlife rescue we deal daily with casualties that happen through a lack of understanding. We see fear and misunderstanding of the creatures that surround us. schoolBut actually they all have very special roles and purposes. By sharing our experience with children and showing them some of the wildlife that surrounds them, we hope that in the future these would-be custodians of our planet will make good decisions and ensure our survival alongside our precious wildlife in a natural balance


We could have a stall at your school fete. One way you can help us is to organize your own fundraising events This could be at school, work or at home with family and friends. We have suggested a few ideas below to help with your fundraising on our behalf. READ MORE



As well as working on the front line we give talks and show our stunning wildlife to a variety of groups and schools - Wildlife Rocks Me Talks. We believe that a better understanding of these creatures will promote not only tolerance but a willingness to integrate them into our lives.


Children will become the custodians of our planet and we hope, through our talks, will have a better understanding of and take an interest in our wonderful wildlife as they take on that ultimate role.


We raise funds by donations, our newsletter, attending County Shows, Car boot sales, selling on eBay, Fairs, and our shop.


There are many ways you can help us


See if you can help us by clicking here - Can You Help Us . From hands on volunteering to clicking at home we need all sorts of help and all sorts of people to join our small and crazy team.