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Hedgehog Included on First Red List for British Mammals

We were disheartened to learn that the hedgehog has been included in the first red list for British mammals. It is important that we do what we can to help the declining population, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you some ways we can all help hedgehogs, especially in our gardens. Gardens are a popular habitat for our native hedgehogs but sadly, many modern gardens are not very hedgehog friendly. It is so important to remove hazards that can cause harm to our prickly visitors. Pesticides like slug pellets, barbed wire, netting, bonfires, some
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Found a baby bird on the ground?

PLEASE NOTE: Any bird with an injury or that has been caught by a cat MUST be taken to a wildlife rescue as soon as possible. Every spring and summer we take in hundreds of baby birds, some of which may not have needed to be picked up. When to Help A baby bird found on the ground that has little to no feather coverage (a nestling) is in trouble. If you know where the bird has fallen from, and it can be done safely, please carefully return the chick to its nest then leave the nest well alone. You can monitor from a
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Covid-19

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we are doing all we can to ensure we can still be here for wildlife in need. We are still open 24 hours a day to take in animals. To keep our staff and the general public safe, we are still asking everyone to wait at the front doors and ring the doorbell for attention. One of our team will then come to collect the animal and take some details at the doors to reduce the numbers of people coming into the hospital. There is no need to call or email ahead, you
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Grey Squirrels

Due to the recent changes in the law we are no longer legally allowed to release rehabilitated grey squirrel. For more information on this please click here. This awful ruling has of course put wildlife rehabilitators, vets and members of the public in an incredibly difficult situation – we all want to do the best we can to help wildlife in need. To ensure we can provide those squirrels who desperately need life-saving care with the help they need we are working under strict guidelines on what we can do to help. PLEASE NOTE: We can no longer take in
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Muntjac Deer

Due to the recent changes in the law we are no longer legally allowed to release rehabilitated muntjac deer. For more information on this please click here. This awful ruling has of course put wildlife rehabilitators, vets and members of the public in an incredibly difficult situation – we all want to do the best we can to help wildlife in need. To ensure we can provide those muntjac deer who desperately need life-saving care with the help they need we are working under strict guidelines on what we can do to help. PLEASE NOTE: We can no longer take
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Invasive Alien Species Order 2019

We are incredibly disheartened that the Government have introduced the EU Regulation on ‘Invasive Alien Species’ which affects muntjac deer and grey squirrels. This regulation now makes it illegal to release any rehabilitated grey squirrel or muntjac deer. We are working hard to have the law changed to allow us to release these rehabilitated patients under licence, but in the meantime, we will be implementing strict guidelines on taking in these animals. We have been forced into this position by the UK Government and whilst they say that they are not instructing rescues to euthanise the patients, our space and
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Your Legacy is our Lifeline

If it wasn’t for your legacies and leaving a little something in your will, we wouldn’t be here. “Doing a Will” is one of those things that most of us don’t want to think about!  So if you do ever want to get it out of the way, or change your existing legacy, you can call me – and I will talk you through it, personally. It’s surprisingly easy, and we even have a free legacy link to save you money!  From a desperately needed packet of antibiotics, to a whole Intensive Care Unit, people over the years have left
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Swan & Cygnet Rescue

This beautiful mother swan and her cygnets had a bit of a tricky start. Very sadly her mate was found dead, whilst she was sitting on their eggs. Not too long after, the mother was attacked by other swans (likely a territory dispute) which caused her to flee the nest; she was then found quite exhausted and distressed. As the poor mother needed care, and we knew the eggs would not survive without her, the whole family were collected by one of our rescuers. We kept the 8 eggs incubated whilst mum had her treatment and as soon as she
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Duncombe School

The pupils at Duncombe School in Hertfordshire have very kindly been fundraising for us here at Tiggywinkles. The pupils all worked so hard and raisied an amazing donation of £917.17! This generous donation will be a huge help for the animals in our care, so thank you so much to everyone involved. As part of their tremendous fundraising activities they ran a competition to design plasters, the two winning desings can be seen below - don't they look brilliant!
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Lucky Escape for Injured Hedgehog

Back in January, a kind member of the public rushed to Tiggys after discovering a poor hedgehog stuck in a hole in a wheelie bin. It is suspected that whilst scouring for food, he crawled part-way into the hole but could not get out after catching his spines on the sides and top of the hole.
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