“To give each hedgehog the best chance of survival whilst always acting in the best interest of the animal”.
We are Adrian & Nicky Knight and moved to the Highlands of Scotland from Hampshire in September 2019. While there, we both had 9-5 desks jobs but also overwintered hedgehogs for a local charity.
In June 2020 we were asked if we could look after a litter of 4 hoglets before release back into the wild. For us, this was amazing. Although our croft and own jobs kept us busy, we were missing having hedgehogs to help.
Within three months, through word of mouth, we had 20 hedgehogs of all shapes & sizes pass through our door. Subsequently, having discovered there is no-where north of Stirling that provides care for sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs, we knew we had to do something.
We now realise the scale of need and what facilities are required to provide these vulnerable animals with the full range of care to ensure they have the best chance of being re-released. The sheer numbers of hedgehogs that arrive desperately needing our help means our spare room is now inadequate.
The pandemic has prevented the normal fundraising events or events to raise local awareness. We are asking for money to build and kit out a purpose built hedgehog hospital. This will include:
- a 5mx4m wooden building with base, electricity and water supply
- ICU Units
-Individual housing for up to 25 hedgehogs
- Sterilisation units
- Treatment tables
- Outdoor pens/houses - to acclimatise before release
- Other basic supplies such as syringes, heat-pads & bowls together with storage facilities