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We care for and raise juvenile hedgehogs before their release back into the wild.

COVID-19

Due to the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus, the rescue centre is currently closed to the public. If you have a hedgehog that needs our help DO NOT BRING IT TO US WITHOUT CONTACTING US FIRST VIA EMAIL/TELEPHONE so safe drop-off can be arranged.

Poppy’s Creche is an entirely self-funded small charity which is run and managed by Ann and her valuable team of volunteers. Poppy’s Creche is named after a very special albino hedgehog, Poppy.  

Poppy’s Creche specialises in taking sick and orphaned babies and we work tirelessly to hand rear the youngsters. Young hoglets need feeding by hand every two hours and this can be exhausting.

Hoglets often come into us weak, dehydrated and very sick. They need specialist feeding at all times. They also need to be kept at a warm temperature. If you find a nest of hog lets you need to watch the nest to see if mum returns.

Often weaning mothers will go out during the day to forage and leave their babies for a while and you may hear the babies call out to her as she returns. If a mother does not return or the babies are making constant high pitched squealing sounds there is a problem.

If mum is injured or ill then both mum and babies need help.

Babies leave the nest with mum at about 100gms, at this time they wander around learning survival skills with their mother. As they grow they will take more trips out under her watchful eye alone. By the time they reach between 200 and 250 gms they will be starting to spend less time with mum and finding their own nearby nest.

When hoglets are first born they do not have any spines. These appear in the first few hours.

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STEP ONE

Observe from a distance - making sure the hedgehog is not a nursing mother taking a break from her litter. 

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STEP TWO

If the hedgehog needs rescuing, wearing gloves, place it in a high sided box with a little shredded newspaper. Offer some fresh water and meaty cat/dog food.

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STEP THREE

Contact us to arrange delivery or collection if possible. NB Once a hedghog is rescued time is of the essence.
DO NOT wait before contacting us
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We are a
Registered Charity

Registered Charity Number: 1177708


Stowe Veterinary Group is a partnership that has been providing a caring and professional service for all domestic pets, horses and farm animals for more than 50 years.

The group comprises three large surgical practices – Stowe Veterinary Centre in Stowmarket, Moreton Hall Veterinary Centre in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich Veterinary Centre in Ipswich, as well as two smaller local practices, The Mustard Pot Veterinary Surgery in Needham Market and The Old Tea Room Veterinary Surgery in Elmswell.

Poppy's Crêche are honoured to have Paul Canham BVSc MRCVS from Stowe Veterinary Group as our charity patron.

www.stowevets.co.uk

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Our address

Poppy’s Crêche
2 Vine Cottage,
Forward Green
Stowmarket,
Suffolk
IP14 5HZ

01449 711724

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