Tiggywinkles is an animal hospital and sanctuary situated just outside Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It is billed as the world’s busiest wildlife hospital and is available 24/7 for animal casualties.

The hospital cares for all kinds of wild animals, including deer, foxes, badgers, squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits and birds. Its aim is to rehabilitate sick or injured animals, but when this is not possible they are cared for at Tiggywinkles for the remainder of their lives.

Tiggywinkles was officially opened in 1983 and named after the Beatrix Potter character Mrs Tiggywinkle, due to the large number of hedgehogs coming into the centre. A special hedgehog only ward – St Tiggywinkles – was thus created.


As the hospital is not state funded, they rely on generous donations from the public and from the proceeds of their visitor centre, which includes a gift shop, outdoor picnic area, coffee shop, a hedgehog memorabilia museum, and children’s play area.


The public are able to visit the animals in the sanctuary, which features a large aviary for red kites. The kites are the subject of daily talks, as are the hedgehogs.

The sanctuary also has a large pond for ducks and swans, a deer paddock and several gardens for smaller creatures.

If you would like to donate to an excellent animal charity or for more information please visit the website

Open to visitors 10am to 4pm seven days a week until September 30th. Adult tickets priced at £5.10