Found a Hedgehog?
Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals. If you see one out during the day it could just be a mother looking for extra food for her young and should be left alone. However, if it has a wobbly gait OR is lying still, the animal may be in distress.
Please act quickly by calling one of our carers on the Contacts page. Don't wait two or three days as it could be the difference between life and death for a hedgehog.
If the carer advises you to take the hedgehog into care, please follow these instructions…
Pick up the hedgehog using thick gardening gloves or a towel and place it in a high-sided box lined with newspaper. Place a hot water bottle on the base of the box, leaving enough room around the bottle for the hedgehog to move away from the heat source if it gets too warm. Cover the hedgehog with a towel or cloth (not a fluffy fabric and not one with loose fibres). Place a small dish of water in the box and if possible a dish of meat based cat or dog food (we suggest Purina One Kitten Junior Chicken & Whole Grains).
Please do not feed hedgehogs with bread or milk or peanuts. These food items may make hedgehogs seriously ill.
Important Note: Usually we return a hedgehog to the location at which it was found. If, however, we feel that the location is unsuitable, for example, near a major road, then the hedgehog will be released in a safer environment.
We do not have the facility to drive to collect hedgehogs and rely entirely on members of the public to transport hedgehogs to us.
Thank you for your understanding.