NHRT Celebrates its 20th Year!

How often do we ask ourselves where the time has gone? Well, here at the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust we are doing just that, and nobody more than our dedicated leader and Head of the Trust Carole Catchpole. Many of you will know Carole personally but she has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to saving and caring for hedgehogs for the past twenty years and what she has achieved in this peaceful corner of Northumberland is truly remarkable.

Carole started the charity and without her tenacity and truly selfless work it would not exist today. Over the years the tireless and consistent work we do here, which is funded entirely by the generosity of those who donate to us, has been recognised and rewarded in various ways and has gained respect amongst those who have cared to take a closer interest. These rewards are fitting but the greatest reward of all is watching a struggling hedgehog come into our care, be nursed, regain its strength, get fit and well and then stride out into the wilds to roam freely.

To all of our supporters, from all of us at the Trust, thank you for making the work that we do possible and for your continued support. Happy 20th year to all the volunteers at NHRT!


The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has recently approved the use of the A24 trap in England and we are very concerned.

The traps are sold to kill hedgehogs (amongst other species) in New Zealand where hedgehogs are non-native and therefore considered a ‘pest’ species.

Following DEFRA approval, the traps can now be used in the UK (pending in Wales and Scotland).

In our country hedgehogs are a protected species through being listed on Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Explicitly they may not be trapped without a licence. This means that if a trap is set, albeit intended for something else, and it catches a hedgehog, then the person who set the trap can be prosecuted. Anyone setting traps for ‘vermin’ or non-protected species is obliged to take all reasonable precautions to avoid catching a protected species, since there are no ‘reasonable precautions’ to avoid catching hedgehogs using this trap, anyone who sets them is at risk of prosecution if they catch a hedgehog. It is no defence in law to say that the catch was unintentional.

We call on DEFRA to withdraw approval of the use of these traps immediately so that they are not able to impact upon our already dwindling hedgehog population.

What can you do?
Please sign our petition here, calling for the Government to withdraw its approval of this trap. The deadline is 1st June.

If you would like to make your voice heard, alongside ours, please contact the minister responsible directly by email defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk or by post:
Dr Thérèse Coffey,
Nobel House,
17 Smith Square,
London SW1P 3JR

As well as this, try contacting your local MP about this issue.

Thanks for helping hedgehogs!

Congratulations to another talented young volunteer... from all at NHRT

We are celebrating the successes of one of our most loyal young volunteers. Lisa joined us in 2009 when she was doing her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and came every Sunday without fail.  Lisa also completed her Silver and Gold awards whilst helping at NHRT and, when she finally went to University as we always knew she would, this dedicated young lady still continued volunteering when home on vacation.  Lisa was always very enthusiastic and such an asset to the Centre - even suggesting she could come earlier in a morning than was originally agreed.  Lisa has recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam University for product design and won a prestigious award in London for new designers.  Following the award she has been offered a job working for Kingfisher in London and the world is now her oyster!  We are all absolutely thrilled for her and she deserves every success as she puts her heart and soul into anything she tackles.  

Lisa has promised to come and see us whenever she can and, of course, we do hope she will be able to attend the Christmas shindig when we all have a lovely meal and relaxing time together. Well done Lisa; youre a fine example for the younger  generation, thanks for all the hedgie-care you have provided over the years and you can come and put in a shift any time!

Talented Isaac lands our hogs in BBC Wildlife

One of our younger volunteers has been exhibiting his talents by writing about his life as a volunteer at NHRT and the care the dedicated volunteers give the hedgehogs. What's more talented Isaac Mills was winner of the Letter of the Month in the BBC's Wildlife magazine in June. Isaac won a pair of waterproof boots for his letter which highlighted the great care that the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust provides and also succeeded in highlighting the plight of the endangered hedgehog. Well done all round Isaac! 


Support from local businesses

We would like to renew our thanks to the customers and staff of both the Co-op Supermarket and Wilkinsons, both in Alnwick, for their continued support of our work and in helping the hogs. Your generosity means that we get a small donation of either cash, food or other useful items every month and that steady trickle is greatly appreciated by all the volunteers and the patients at Longframlington. Thanks for your continued support, we hope it continues!

We are very lucky to have a number of other dedicated businesses quietly supporting our cause too, some of whom have done so for a number of years. We extend our thanks to them and will be giving some of them a special mention in the coming months too! Hats off to you all and to your generous customers. You really do allow us to make a difference to the lives of so many of our little spikey chums.