Help a hedgehog

Help a hedgehog

Jon Hawkins - Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Should I try to help a sick or injured hedgehog?

Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November through to mid March, but they can sometimes be seen out and about during this period changing nesting sites.  It is unusual to see a hedgehog staggering around during winter or in daylight, so if you do see one and it looks unwell, it might need a helping hand.

Hedgehog being held in gloved hands copyright Tom Marshall

WildNet - Tom Marshall

Handling and care of a sick or injured hedgehog

Hedgehogs are wild animals, so being handled is a stressful experience. If you are unsure, you can contact one of the following for further advice:

British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Havenmore Hedgehog Rescue, Newtown

Cuan Wildlife

If you decide to intervene, take the following steps:

  1. Prepare a cardboard box with high sides by lining it with a towel or scrunched up newspaper (so that the hedgehog can hide).
  2. Find yourself a pair of gardening gloves before gently scooping up the hedgehog into the box.
  3. Keep the box in a quiet, warm place: a hot water bottle filled with hot tap water wrapped in a towel can provide a gentle heat source – make sure it doesn’t go cold!
  4. You can provide some fresh water and meaty cat or dog food, but don't try to feed the hedgehog directly.
  5. If you haven't already, contact one of the organisations listed above, who can offer in depth advice and help you find a local rescue centre. Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust does not offer a general service for care and rehabilitation of sick or injured animals.