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Fostering - Become an Approved Foster With HRB
During the Autumn and Winter months we often have hedgehogs that are fit and well but very young and underweight and they would not survive the winter and hibernation at the weight they are at.
We are looking for individuals who live in the Blackpool and Fylde area with an interest in wildlife to become fosterers who understand and respect that wild hedgehogs are not domestic pets and should NEVER be treated as such.
We operate in accordance with the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 and guidance from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), the RSPCA and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).
Winter foster carers would have the hedgehog until it reaches a certain weight or until the weather has warmed sufficiently for release.
In order to be a foster carer you would need the following:
To be over the age of 18.
You will need a single or double storey hutch at least 4 foot long. The hutch must be in good condition and have a separate sleeping and feeding compartment.
A shed or garage to house the hutch with some natural light so the hedgehog can differentiate between day and night.
The shed or garage will need to be a quiet area and undisturbed.
The shed or garage, used to house the hedgehog, must not contain any chemicals or substances that could or would be likely to emit any unnatural/noxious/harmful smells/fumes such as petrol, diesel, thinners or opened paint pots. These could cause the hedgehog to suffer severe respiratory problems or even death.
As a foster carer you would be asked to follow the guidelines given to you by the rescue at all times:
You will be required to clean out the hutch every day and put food and water out each day until the hedgehog has gained enough weight to move on.
HRB do not hard release hedgehogs, we always release them back to an approved release site once rehabilitated and fit to do so.
Regular weighing of the foster hedgehog will be required.
Being a foster carer is very rewarding and wonderful to know that you are helping to keep the dwindling hedgehog population alive and thriving.
If you are meet the above criteria and are interested fostering a hedgehog (or two) until they are big enough to be released by HRB, then please contact Jean on 07577 010011 and we will then discuss in further detail and arrange to visit you.
Become a HRB Release Site
If you think you might be interested in becoming a release site you will need to provide a suitable wooden hedgehog box and feeding station (see Housing Page) and have a garden which has a hole in the fence for the hedgehog to be able to travel around. You will need to put food and water out each day for the hedgehogs.
Being a release site is very rewarding and wonderful to know that you are helping to keep the dwindling hedgehog population alive and thriving.
If you have a suitable hedgehog box in place (see Housing page) and would like to become a release site, please contact Jean on 07577 010011 and we will then discuss in further detail and will arrange to visit you.
Volunteering or Fundraising
If you are interested in volunteering for HRB, there are lots of ways you can help. Examples include:
Cleaning out at the rescue including feeding, and weighing hedgehogs
Help with fundraising events -gift donations instead of birthdays or celebration events
Waste collection and disposal
Over-wintering hedgehogs via fostering
Transport - collections & drop-offs
Promote and share this website, hoggy news updates and donation campaigns on social media platforms.
We are happy to provide training where it is needed. If you think you would like to volunteer with us or would like to know more about what these roles involved then feel free to contact us to find out more.