The Rescue Centre is located in Poulton-le-Fylde, which is three miles from Blackpool in North West Lancashire. It was set up to try and help the countless hedgehogs that are being injured and maimed through close contact with humans. This is mainly due to loss of their natural habitat as we continue to build on our ever-diminishing countryside. There are also injuries caused by garden machinery – strimmers in particular, poisonings from the use of pesticides, weedkiller, slug pellets etc and then of course the carnage we all see daily on the roads. The list of problems we are creating for wildlife in general and hedgehogs in particular is endless.
No longer is it acceptable when someone finds injured wildlife to be told “put it back where you found it and let nature take it’s course” when most of the injuries we see are caused by humans, however unintentionally. Hedgehog numbers across the UK have fallen dramatically over the past few years. We need to educate the public on the damage we are causing and protect our vulnerable wildlife and help it to survive.
Janis Dean – Care Manager, Lancashire Hedgehog Care.
Our aims are:
* To provide hospital facilities, together with a rescue, treatment and rehabilitation service to relieve the suffering and distress of sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs, with the aim to rehabilitate them once fit and healthy back into the wild.
* To educate the public in the care, treatment, conservation and habitat of hedgehogs.
We provide care and treatment for hundreds of casualties every year. Many are referred to us by the R.S.P.C.A, local Veterinary Centres, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and St. Tiggywinkles. Disabled hedgehogs that would struggle to survive back in the wild are found suitable, fully secure gardens. They are then able to live out the rest of their lives in safety, whilst being cared for in a semi-wild environment.
We do not receive funding from the RSPCA or from anyone else. We rely solely on donations made by kind members of the public and our own fundraising efforts to keep the Rescue Centre open.