Support us

British Wild Hedgehogs are an endangered species with nearly 50% of their population decreased over the past decade in rural areas and a third from towns and cities.

We would appreciate your support even if it's helping to raise awareness and telling others about us and letting them know what we do to help the hedgehogs.


We use 100% of donations to help the hedgehogs.

There are many items we are always in need of such as cat (not fish) or dog jelly based food, clean towels, newspapers, small plastic (not fabric) animal carriers, old rabbit hutches, black or clear large bin rubbish bags, or large plastic tubs with clipable lids.

Hedgehog Rescue Costs:

We currently have a peak of around 80 hedgehogs at any one time and an average of between 30-50 in rehabilitation.  Hedgehogs in rehabilitation are with us anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months but normally at least 2 months.  One hedgehog can easily eat an entire can of dog food (I know... how is that possible?!?!?), but it's normally just over half a can or a large bowl of hedgehog food. It's not unusual to go though at least 40 cans of food a day. This does not include the more expensive foods such as the critical care mousse and hoglet powdered food.

Funding to rehabilitate the hedgehogs that we rescue will always be covered by the members of the Charity. A hedgehogs life does not have a price tag on it. But donations are greatly appreciated and help us a huge amount. There are a lot of ongoing costs involved in rescuing the hedgehogs but it costs about £20 a month just to feed and shelter a hedgehog.

Some of the larger costs are insurance and electricity for the Charity and the on-going running costs of the rescue vehicle used to pickup and drop off hedgehogs on rescue and once released back in to the wild. The cost of fuel can also be more than £50 a week. These costs alone amount to several thousand pounds a year. There are hedgehog consumable costs (such as medical treatments, gloves, various disinfectants, wound sprays, flea, mite, and tick sprays, milton tablets, etc..) and general maintenance and repairs to hedgehog buildings, hutches, and pens.  On top of this are expensive items such as incubators (although most of these have been very kindly fund raised by the community)


Become a member

By becoming a member of Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary you are helping to maintain and restore important local wildlife for future generations. The charity receives no direct funds from the Government and our work is largely funded by people like you who want to support local wildlife and help British Hedgehogs.


Paypal donations

You can donate to us via Paypal with one-time donations. It costs about £20 a month to feed, shelter, and provide heat for one hedgehog. But any donation amount is greatly appreciated and all helps the hedgehogs.

There are also many other ways you can help support us, thank you for your consideration:)

One-time Paypal Donation:

If you would like to donate to us on a regular basis why not take a look at our Membership Tiers.

GoFundMe donations

If you would like to give a one-time donation, or donate to help us with planned projects for the hedgehogs, please visit our GoFundMe page ( We use these donations mainly for material project work such as building pens and homes for the hedgehogs, but also to buy food for the hedgehogs.

We have a goal we'd love to reach, even if you can spare a few pounds. Everything is appreciated and helps us to help the hedgehogs.

If you would like to donate to us on a regular basis why not take a look at our Membership Tiers.

Adopt a hedgehog

You can adopt (or gift adopt) a hedgehog for £50 and receive one of our Hedgehog Adoption Packs.

You (or the person who you gift) will receive:

  • Framed Hedgehog Adoption Certificate (for children).

  • Personal Letter from one of the members at Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary who care for the hedgehogs.

  • Field guide to hedgehogs - 4 page brochure all about hedgehogs.

  • A hedgehog gift item.

  • 2 x Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary stickers.

[Please read the notes towards the bottom of this page about hedgehog adoption packs]

Amazon gifts

We have an Amazon Wishlist that has some essentials like gloves and blankets and many other items we use on a daily basis.

We also have some items which are part of larger projects such as automated water and feeding stations and solar lighting for the evenings so we don't trip over things while feeding the hedgehogs!

Any of these gifts would be very much appreciated and would really help the hedgehogs.

Sign up to our easy fundraising

You can help us with donations from lots of online retailers while you shop online by simply visiting our easyfundraising page ( We receive a potion of the sale revenue from the retailer in the form of a donation. It's simple to use and it's free.

Along with this you can also help us by using this search page ( When adverts are shown to you while you browse, we receive a small portion of the advert placement revenue in the form of a donation.)

Buy beautiful hand crafted knits from FrizKnits

Frances from FrizKnits is very kindly knitting for us to help raise funds for the Charity.  Frances makes beautiful hand crafted knits and made to order. Please take a look through her pictures, all items are available to order, Frances can also take commissions so please get in touch with her.

100% of the money you pay goes to Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary (excluding P&P charges). Just let Frances know the order is on our behalf!

Please visit FrizKnits Facebook page for more information and orders:

Our merchandise shop

You can help the hedgehogs by both spreading awareness and also help us to receive donations though buying our branded merchandise gift range.

When you purchase any items from our Spread Shirt Shop ( we receive a portion of the revenue back in the form of donations from the reseller.

These make wonderful gifts and help us at the same time.

Our ebay shop

Some very generous people have gifted us items to sell on our online ebay shop.  We have all sorts of things listed please take a browse.

If you would like to gift us any items to sell on ebay to help raise funds for the charity please get in touch.


Help support us though fundraising at your event on our behalf. Some of the more important projects and items that we need funds for to help the hedgehogs are listed on our fundraising page.

Please get in touch with us if you have any ideas on fundraising or to have a chat with us about some of the project suggestions that would really help the hedgehogs.

Donation tins

If you have a local shop in the Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, or Kimpton area and would like to help us by placing a charity donation tin on your counter please get in touch with us.

Everything helps and is really appreciated.

Market Stalls & Craft Fairs

Please get in touch with us if you are hosting an event such as craft fairs or seasonal markets.  These are really good places for us to help create more awareness and also help the hedgehogs though generated revenue from wildlife products and gifts we sell.


If you have a local business that would like to help a local charity though sponsorship we would love to hear from you. We have a lot of on going operational costs just to keep the Charity functioning and sponsorship of these services would help a huge amount.

You might also like to help us with hedgehog information leaflets that we hand out during awareness events and visits.  If you have a businesses that would like to help us by paying for the printing of these leaflets that would be amazing.  Your brand would of course also be printed with thanks.

Order from Riverford Organic Farmers and we receive £25!

Please contact David & Emma on 01727 229873 or and reference “HORNBEAM” on your third delivery they will donate £25 to us!

Live life on the veg

We’re mad about veg – it’s at the core of everything we do. We’ve been growing it since 1987 and offer all sorts of veg, fruit, grass fed organic meat and more, fresh from our farm, delivered free to your door. Everything we grow and sell is organic. Come and live life on the veg with us.


Important notes on hedgehog adoption packs

This donation will be used to help pay for the care of one the hedgehogs we are currently rehabilitating at Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary.

  • Hedgehog Adoptions can be gifted to someone else, in this case they will receive the gift pack. Please email us if you would like to gift to someone else.

  • Your Hedgehog Adoption Pack will be sent out in the post, it normally takes 7-10 days to arrive.  Please ensure you leave a phone number and/or email so we can confirm the postal address and recipient.

  • Gifts (special events, seasonal celebrations, or promotions) are only available whilst stocks last.

  • Gifts cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.

  • Free gifts will be posted out with your Hedgehog Adoption Pack.


Katie Carr, Facebook Recommended Feedback

"What a lovely sanctuary in a stunning setting dedicated to sick, injured and baby wild hedgehogs. I attended a very interesting talk by Martin who was very knowledgeable and who so kindly dedicates his time helping our beautiful endangered hedgehogs. If you can please donate and support this wonderful charity."


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