West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue WMHR - Joan Lockley

November 13th, 2016

“You are among the nicest people I have ever known, both staff and volunteers. You will never be forgotten for the thoughtfulness you have shown”

November 13th, 2016

“You are all so kind and made me feel like a respected human being again and not just a prisoner’s wife. Believe me that was so comforting and humbling.”

June 3rd, 2016

The charity organisation HALOW operate a designated help and support line for the families and friends of prisoners at HMP Birmingham on 0121 598 8050

HALOW (Birmingham) is proud to support a Local Rescue Centre run by a wonderful lady named Joan Lockley. Joan dedicates all her time to rescuing hedgehogs – a great british heritage and an endangered animal. as a part of our new project of cash4clothes and our commitment to recycling any unwanted donated bed linen or towels we will give to WMHR to help joan keep these amazing creatures warm.

This group was selected by: Daniel HMP Oakwood

for more information please see WMHR website: http://www.wmhr.org.uk


by Joan Lockley

One evening in 2002 as I sat in my conservatory, a small hedgehog wandered into my back garden. I went out and offered him some dog food. He ate ravenously before continuing on his way. The next morning I found him again. He was still in the garden; curled up but not hidden. I knew that was unusual and thought something was wrong. I picked him up and brought him under cover.

After ringing a number of local pet shops and vets, eventually I found a local hedgehog carer called Sue.

Sue told me that the hedgehog was an ‘Autumn Juvenile’. He was born too late in the year and needed feeding up and over-wintering. He had to be kept warm in a cage, and with plenty of food. That way he would stay awake, and not hibernate before he had enough body-weight. I decided to give it a go.

I called “my” hedgehog Spike. He survived the winter and I released him back into the garden in the spring. I had a hedgehog house in the garden and put food out each night. For some time Spike kept returning to the garden at night.

Later Sue asked if I would like to try hand rearing some tiny orphaned babies. They needed regular two hourly feeds of special milk from a syringe.

Again I gave it a go…

Again the babies survived… and the rest is history!

I now have a purpose built Hedgehog Hosprickal in my garden and for as long as I could I self-funded my rescue operation. However as I now take in over 400 injured, sick and distressed hedgehogs every year I now have a small fundraising team and we attend fayres and other events to spread the word about our work and the plight of our precious native hedgehogs.

Contact Us

If you have found a sick, injured or distressed hedgehog in our area and need help or advice please call 01922 419532 or 07837 409533 (never message us via email or social media to report a case of a hedgehog in need – always call).

If we do not answer please leave a voicemail, or send a text to 07837 409533 stating:

• your name

• your location

• the nature of the problem

• your contact number

We will get back to you as quickly as possible – we never ignore a call.

For non-urgent general enquiries please email, facebook or tweet:


Please read our FAQ page before emailing us as you may find the answer to your query there.

Looking after hedgehogs takes up the majority of our time and email is the last thing to be checked so please be patient if it takes a while to reply.

If you have found a hedgehog in distress please DO NOT email or contact us via social media – you MUST CALL US so valuable time is not wasted.



We have two Facebook profiles. One for general news and one for fundraising activities:

Friends of West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue

Fundraising for West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue


Please note our old Twitter profile (@HogletHero) is no longer in use.

Postal Address for donations:

West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue,

47 Leveson Avenue,

Cheslyn Hay,


West Midlands


One in three of all British hedgehogs have been lost since the year 2000, and they continue to decline at a shocking rate. Thankfully, people love hedgehogs and there is a lot we can do to help them.

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