Passionate About Wildlife

Hedgehogs that need help!

Photo courtesy of Dottie’s Little Hog Hospital

There are now many sightings of hedgehogs in people’s gardens as they come out of hibernation so, please provide food and water.

There is one very important thing to note: a wild hedgehog out in the day needs urgent help!

Hedgehogs do not sunbathe, and they do not hibernate out in the open, so if you see one out in the daytime that looks lethargic, is struggling to walk, has flies around it, or has collapsed, please take it to a Rescue immediately. Please do not delay, or move it under a bush, or try to look after it yourselves as it will need specialized help from a Rescue to have a chance of survival.

They are nocturnal animals and are not active during the day, BUT there is one very important exception and that is expectant or nursing mums who will be moving around with purpose, they should be left alone.

If you see a hedgehog in trouble: –

  • Pick it up using a towel or gloves
  • Place in a high sided box lined with newspaper
  • Put a towel over the hedgehog to keep it warm
  • Take it to your local Rescue for expert care as soon as possible

If you do not know your local Wildlife Rescue you can look them up on this great website https://helpwildlife.co.uk/.