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raised of £20,000 target by 101 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,053 to support the Dorset Mammal Group in their plans to develop a dedicated Hedgehog Hospital in Dorset

    Funded on Sunday, 28th February 2021

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    Photographs by kind permission of Colin Varndell

    Last year I learned of the plight of the European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus, our native species) which has suffered a rapid decline in numbers over recent years. Some areas of the UK have lost 50% of their hedgehogs in the last 25 years and by making small changes in our gardens and our local area we could help save this much loved garden visitor.

    I became committed to doing what I can to raise local awareness of what we all can do to reverse the decline in numbers of these special animals. I also started fundraising to support the Dorset Mammal Group (a 'Small Charity') in achieving their plan to create a dedicated Hedgehog Hospital for the county. Having reached my personal target, this site has now been adopted as the official crowdfunding site for the DMG and an ambitious new target has been set to fund the Hedgehog Care Unit (HCU)

    The Dorset Mammal Group aspire to make Dorset the most hedgehog friendly county in the UK and have a multi-pronged approach to making this happen. They are creating Hedgehog Friendly Towns and Villages, working with schools, training land managers, engaging in research, and encouraging people to become part of a network of rehabilitators. Having a dedicated hedgehog hospital would benefit a large number of animals that sadly require treatment as a result of injury, dehydration, poor nutrition or need overwintering due to insufficient body weight for hibernation. It would also go some considerable way to easing the strain that is currently being placed on the volunteer run rescues that are overwhelmed each year with hedgehog casualties.

    The HCU would be located in central Dorset and provide 24/7 access to care for sick and injured hedgehogs where no other veterinary support is available. Once triaged and treated, the hedgehogs would then be discharged at the earliest opportunity to a network of carers already in place across the County.

    In addition to those injured, the Dorset Mammal Group is acutely aware of the number of hedgehogs killed on the roads after one village, Pimperne, had over 20 casualties in just one year. The chilling sight of ‘Ghost’ Hedgehogs appearing besides Dorset roads where hedgehog casualties have been reported is a further recent initiative. These ‘Ghosts’, white-painted wooden signs, will remind drivers of the lives lost unnecessarily and hopefully encourage more careful driving.

    It is within our power to reverse the decline of hedgehogs and prevent their extinction so please help us in this cause by making a small donation if you can and by making your garden a hedgehog friendly haven...

    Thank you so much.

    Alison Firth



    • Alison Firth1 year ago
      Alison Firth

      Alison Firth

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Thank you to an amazing number of people who have so kindly and generously donated to the Dorset Mammal Group fundraising today, my personal target has been reached. At this point and with increasing publicity, the page is being adopted as the official crowd funding site for the Dorset Mammal Group Hedgehog Hospital Fund. The new target has been set at £20,000. Thank you for your overwhelming generosity and for supporting our rural hedgehogs.

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    • Alison Firth2 years ago
      Alison Firth

      Alison Firth

      2 years ago

      This week we held our second Hedgehog Friendly meeting, a very enjoyable evening in our fantastic local pub, The Fox Inn. We recruited some enthusiastic new supporters to our campaign and obtained 'official' recognition from the DMG as a Hedgehog Friendly Village. Well done Corscombe! The DMG reported that phase one of the Hedgehog Hospital plan is complete. A network of wildlife friendly vets, carers and village coordinators is in place and efforts are now underway to identify a suitable premises to house a dedicated hospital. Great news!

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    • Alison Firth2 years ago
      Alison Firth

      Alison Firth

      2 years ago

      We have just held our first Hedgehog Friendly Village meeting in Corscombe where the DMG reported that their business case for the Hedgehog Hospital is being fine-tuned ready for final submission. Progress is being made!

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    • Rachel Foxley

      Rachel Foxley

      Jan 7, 2021

      This is a wonderful idea- I love feeding the hogs in my garden and anything that can be done to support them is great


    • Anonymous


      Dec 10, 2020


    • Sarah Wright

      Sarah Wright

      Dec 2, 2020

      Good Luck with the Hospital from everyone at Donhead St Mary Village Hall.Thank you for the Ghost hedgehog signs.


    • Penny H

      Penny H

      Nov 30, 2020

      What wonderful work you’re doing


    • Simone Johnson

      Simone Johnson

      Nov 14, 2020


    • Holly


      Nov 13, 2020

      What a lovely idea. We often have hedgehogs in our road and gardens and we always keep an eye out for them. Be nice to know they have somewhere to go if in need! Hope you get the money you need.


    • Nikki


      Nov 2, 2020

      Help for hedgehogs in Dorset, amazing idea that's close to my heart. Let's make it happen! :D


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    Alison Firth

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    I am a member of the Dorset Mammal Group (DMG) and Hedgehog Friendly Village Coordinator for Corscombe in Dorset. I began a crowdfunding page to help raise local awareness of the plight of our native hedgehogs and to showcase the pioneering conservation efforts of the DMG.

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