St Tiggywinkles Hospital – Photos

St Tiggywinkles Hospital

St Tiggywinkles Hospital

When I visited St Tiggywinkles Hospital I was utterly enchanted – even if I didn’t see a single live hedgehog!  The sweeties in the photo are actually stuffed toys for sale in their shop.

St Tiggywinkles was opened by Sue and Les Stocker with their son in 1978 when they began treating wild animals on a voluntary basis.  It was the first wildlife treatment centre and soon became (and has remained) world renowned for the work it does.

St Tiggywinkle hospital building

St Tiggywinkle hospital building


The hospital is named after Mrs Tiggywinkle in the Beatrix Potter books which were a great favourite with my children.  The hospital had become a registered charity in 1983 – and became swamped with hedgehog casualties in 1984 during a drought.

Tortoise patients

Tortoise patients

The blackboard at the entrance to the visitor centre lists the casualties that they are treating and I was amazed both at the number of different species and the total numbers of animals and birds that they are treating on a regular basis.

The tortoise area had a wide variety of tortoises – I hadn’t realised quite how different they are in shape, size, colour and the patterns on their shells.  I was also amazed at the speed with which they could move when following the young lady who brought their food to them!

Recycled bottle tops

Recycled bottle tops

There is a deer paddock for the recovering deer, but this fellow is a timely reminder of how much recycling we need to do.  He is made entirely from used bottle tops.

The visitor centre boasts a children’s playground, quiet area and a lovely area of pens where you can stroll around seeing the enormous variety of wild life that needs help.

Red kite

Red kite

The red kite is a bird of prey, a protected species which was once near to extinction in Britain.  They are being successfully re introduced to the countryside and any casualties are well looked after at St Tiggywinkles.  We saw this red kite on top of the enclosure but we were assured that he was a former patient rather than an escapee.

I was determined to visit this place based purely on its delightful name, but I am so pleased that I went there.  A very worthwhile charity doing wonderful work and they are very welcoming to the general public.

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  1. Another delightful quilt and love the St. Tiggywinkles Hospital story, Good to know there is a rescue Center for wild animals , I would rather hear about them then domestic animals I .hear so much about

  2. Hello Rose – Thanks for all your patterns (free of charge!). Its a pity that some folks are so careless and thoughtless not to give credit where due. Maybe you should put a little reminder with your patterns.
    I really enjoy reading about all your travels. There are so many places to see and explore. I think you’re going to get t0 all of them, eventually.

    • Hi Mimi. You’re right, of course – I should put some sort of message on each pattern. I love being able to travel as much as I do – but I don’t think I’ll ever get to all the places just waiting for me to visit them!

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    So glad they have this kind of hospital for all the injured animals. Some one has to look after them and preserve them so future generations can get to see them also. You always find the most interesting places. Thank you for taking me along with you.

    • Hi Sandra. Apparently when they first began to help hedgehogs they just operated from home. It was only when they became a registered charity that they were able to open a hospital with full facilities. Wonderful people.

  4. Louise A Johnson says:

    Lovely orange peel! Yes, I agree the name of the rescue is adorable. Thank you for sharing your travels. Best wishes for the wedding.

    • Thanks, Louise. Glad you enjoy my travels – there are so many amazing places to visit. We’re definitely on countdown now for the wedding. If I don’t get my jacket finished in time I shall just have to hope for mild weather on the day!

  5. Thank you for another beautiful quilt Rose.
    I just love all your pics and travel info shared with us. What a fabulous job St Tiggywinkle’s are doing for the animals and birds. I’m sure St Tiggywinkle hospital would welcome our support. I’m sure they need things like towels etc. We could easily refurbish old towels etc and send them on. I’ll bear them in mind when next I’m looking for a Charity to support. I’m currently supporting St George’s Hospital who do such amazing work.

    • Hi Viv. What a great idea – now why didn’t I think of that! I’m sure they would welcome help in any form.

  6. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Love this week’s quilt pattern another one for me to try.The story about the hospital was enchanting, we are so lucky here that there are so many caring people to look after the animals.Dont know how you manage to make any quilts you are always off visiting somewhere, ha ha.Good for you I love seeing your photos and reading your stories.As for the Owl and pussycat quilt I would be more than grumpy I would have been furious.Have you thought about contacting the organisers, an apology from the exhibitor wouldn’t go amiss.

    • Hi Trish. I was so pleased that I was able to visit St Tiggywinkles. As you say, it’s inspiring to see people so committed. I forgot to say that in the entrance they have a blackboard listing their current patients and it ran into the hundreds! I definitely don’t spend as much time quilting as I used to – there are just so many lovely places to visit. No, I didn’t want to contact the organisers – I’m still a bit grumpy but really it’s just water under the bridge now.

  7. June Malone says:

    Yes, a worthwhile charity indeed! Aw!