See conservation in action by helping sick & injured Hedgehogs at a wildlife rescue. Learn how to care for these lovely creatures so they can be reintroduced to the wild.
This is a hands-on experience for wildlife lovers in a working animal rescue with the founders of Howey Hedgehog Rescue. This fascinating and enjoyable morning involves cleaning, feeding, washing up after, exercising and maybe even bathing the hedgehogs. Learn about medication and correct feeding and also the conservation process of slow careful release back into the wild. At certain times of the year, orphaned hoglets (baby hedgehogs) are admitted and will need first aid treatment and syringe feeding.
The hogs are due to come out of hibernation in April, and we will have dates to book from late April to early October. Small groups can request their own special morning. Open dated vouchers make great gifts for nature lovers.
Need to know:
The workings of a rescue are unpredictable, and sometimes very sick or injured patients are admitted. Occasionally the death of a hedgehog has to be faced. Any visitors that feel they cannot cope can be kept away from the sickest animals, but it is part of wildlife rescue. You will not only be working near and with the hedgehogs, but also cleaning their cages and feed bowls which is a daily necessity. The hedgehogs and especially as hoglets are not house trained and can be smelly! Appropriate handling gloves and overalls if necessary will be provided, but please wear sensible clothing with flat shoes. The rescue is not normally open to the public and is not a zoo, so please be prepared for an informal but professionally run environment in the founders’ private home. Children over 5 years old are welcome, but must be well supervised by a paying adult at all times as hedgehogs are timid creatures and easily frightened by loud noise & sharp movements. Regrettably there is no wheelchair access and spectators cannot be accommodated.
Please contact Good Day Out with any queries about this experience and availability of dates, as the Rescue is usually busy helping sick patients.
Please book or enquire here for specific dates, but if you wish to buy an undated voucher, please visit our Gifts section where you can either buy specific or general Gift Vouchers as great special presents.
It is a 9am start, prompt, as the little guys will be waiting to be fed. The experience lasts 3 hours.
As with all Good Day Out experiences, a good cause benefits from you buying a voucher. In the case of the Hedgehog Helper Morning, a portion of each voucher will go to Howey Hedgehog Rescue.
Howey Hedgehog Rescue is run by Elaine and Nigel Acton who are registered carers and rehabilitators for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society