Hitchin Hedgehog Care is a small-scale wild hedgehog treatment, care and rehabilitation unit taking in sick, injured, orphaned or otherwise compromised hedgehogs from the local area: our catchment area is within a 10-mile radius of Hitchin. We have been taking in hedgehogs since 2008 and gained HMRC recognition as a charity in 2016.

Hedgehogs are brought in by members of the public who have found them in need of help. This could be anything from being out during the daytime (usually a sign of illness or injury), being trapped in things e.g. nets/fences/drains, falling into ponds or pools, being attacked by another animal (usually a dog), being hit by a vehicle, being injured by strimmers/mowers, poisoning… (the list is endless) or it may be a young hedgehog found in the autumn that is too small to survive the winter in the wild. We also take in hedgehogs from local vets if a member of the public has taken them there.


New arrivals are assessed and veterinary attention is sought if necessary. We will then provide ongoing treatment and care. When the hedgehog is fully recovered it will be released back to the wild, if at all possible this will be to the same area that it was found.


Hitchin Hedgehog Care is recognised by HMRC as a charity for tax purposes.