The hospital unit, fitted out with intensive care incubators and individual recovery units. There is a treatment area, isolation area, kitchen, laundry and office areas.
The unit was built following intensive fundraising over three years and with assistance from a whole range of local businesses and organisations including Doreen Lofthouse, Bill Hamer (Palmer Ave Garage), Chadwicks Timber Merchants, Celplas Ltd, M.F.I. Furniture Store, B&Q, Clydesdale Roofing Supplies, Topp’s Tiles, Devonshire Blinds and Windmill Windows.
We have been very fortunate to have received several donated incubators for which we are very grateful. These incubators have a life support system which is thermostatically controlled providing a warm and safe environment, giving the hedgehogs in our care the best possible chance of survival. They are particularly beneficial for hand rearing baby hedgehogs and also for hedgehogs needing intensive post operative care. These units will save countless lives in the years to come and we are very grateful to the following for their support in donating funds for these incubators:
JUDITH LEE, MYRA TUCKER, JOHN LANGTREE, CARE FOR THE WILD, RODGER AND VANESSA LAWSON AND BAINES SCHOOL
Our aims for the future:
The hedgehog has been around for more than 15 million years. Now they are among the 1149 species that have been identified as being under threat and in need of help to survive. In England as a whole, numbers have declined by over 20% in four years. The hedgehog has taken such a hit in population size recently that if current trends continue it would lead to its extinction by 2025. With this in mind, the Charity has set itself an aim for the future.
Our current facilities provide us with a firm foundation upon which we can build and move forward in the field of wildlife care. However, we have limited space with no more room left to expand. There are many times when we are overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of casualties that need our help. Every single one needs a chance of proper care and rehabilitation to enable it to make a full recovery and to be returned to the wild. Our dream for the future is to be able to purchase land / property to build and equip a wildlife hospital together with an educational centre for the Lancashire area. It would be such a tragedy if we were to lose this very vulnerable and endearing little animal which is crying out for help, so please – help us to help them.
Lancashire Hedgehog Care BBC TV interview
An interview with Diane Oxberry of BBC’s North West Tonight, highlighting the work of The Lancashire Hedgehog Care Trust. Also helping to raise local public awareness on what happened to ‘Stanley’ – a hand reared baby hedgehog we released back into the wild, only to be found several days later shot in the head with an air rifle.