Bring the hedgehog indoors, place it on a towel-wrapped hot water bottle in a cardboard box. When it is brighter, offer some dog food and water. If the hedgehog does not respond, then take it to your local wildlife rescue centre. Please note: hedgehogs DO NOT hibernate in the open.

What to do if you find a hedgehog in your garden UK?

What to do if you have found or are concerned about a hedgehog. If you have found a hedgehog you are concerned about please use gardening gloves to collect it up, bring it indoors and put it in a high sided box with an old towel or fleece in the bottom for the hedgehog to hide under.

Should I leave a hedgehog in my garden?

Though hedgehog pays your garden a visit every now and then, remember that they’re threatened byloss of habitat and food. So, on their every visit to your garden, make them feel at home. Hedgehogs love to roam around freely. So, just a little heads up – don’t be possessive.

What should I do if I find a hedgehog?

If you do find a hedgehog then move slowly and calmly. Pick it up with gardening gloves, along with any nesting material it may have been sitting in, and place it in a cardboard box lined with newspaper.

Can I move a hedgehog from my garden?

Bring the box into the house, do not leave it outside or in a cold garage. Sick hedgehogs need to be warm. If you can’t get to your hedgehog rescue for a while, consider offering the hog some food and water.

How do you know if your hedgehog needs help?

However if you find a hedgehog staggering around, lying still (not in a nest), with flies around it or obviously sick or injured be it day or night, it needs urgent help. Sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs are very susceptible to hypothermia.

What to do if you find a hedgehog at night?

Bring the hedgehog indoors, place it on a towel-wrapped hot water bottle in a cardboard box. When it is brighter, offer some dog food and water. If the hedgehog does not respond, then take it to your local wildlife rescue centre.

Do hedgehogs return to the same garden?

Hedgehogs are not territorial, however they do seem to follow a regular routine, visiting the same gardens and even specific areas at roughly the same time each night.

Do hedgehogs bite?

However, you should try to use gloves when handling a hedgehog for your own health and safety. Hedgehogs can bite you, but very rarely will that happen. This usually happens when they are young and think your fingers are going to feed them (if they have been fed via a syringe as they had no mother).

Are hedgehogs friendly?

Due to their spines, hedgehogs aren’t very cuddly animals. However, they are very friendly and playful pets.

Should you call Rspca for hedgehogs?

If you found a hedgehog that is clearly sick or injured, or an orphaned hoglet that weighs less than 300g, please call the RSPCA‟s cruelty and advice line number below. hedgehogs” PDF on the RSPCA website for detailed instructions.

Do hedgehogs carry diseases?

Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to their bodies, habitats, toys, bedding, and anything in the area where they live.

Can you touch a wild hedgehog?

Hedgehogs can be handled (they are not too prickly), although some patience is required to make sure your hedgehog is both safe and comfortable in your hands.

Do hedgehogs come out every night?

If your neighbours have hedgehogs in their garden, it’s very likely that you do too, as hedgehogs travel up to a mile every night. This is why it’s so important that we ensure hedgehog highways within communities so the hedgehogs have space to roam freely looking for shelter and food.

Should I move a hedgehog from the road?

Hedgehogs that should be left alone
Any large uninjured hedgehogs found at night, in winter or in the road and picked up should be put back away from the road but near where found.

Why is there a hedgehog in my garden during the day?

If there’s a skinny hedgehog found in your garden, then it might be that they’ve struggled to eat enough in order to help them hibernate. In that case, they’re on the search for food and that often means going out in the daytime too.

Will 2 hedgehogs share a house?

No, hedgehogs do not live in groups. They are solitary creatures that prefer to be alone. They nest and hibernate alone. Mothers live with their hoglets in a group until they are ready to leave home at around 6 to 8 weeks.

What attracts hedgehogs to your garden?

Making sure they have lots of thick dense undergrowth and a variety of lengths of grass to hide and nest in is always good. You can also make your garden a hot spot for the slugs, snails and bugs that hedgehogs like to munch on. You can also try to provide hedgehogs with supplementary food and water.

How do I get rid of hedgehogs?

To get rid of hedgehogs, you can use either traps or repellents. Place the traps near fence lines, along hedges or alongside a fallen tree, so that the hedgehog cannot go around the trap. As bait, you can use a mixture of cat or dog food, fresh chicken or eggs with the shells still on.

Do hedgehogs cause damage?

They also eat vegetables and fruits, causing a lot of damage to crops in the garden. Now, with a hedgehog in your garden, you’ll never have to worry again that these pests will destroy your hard work to grow your plant collection.

Where do hedgehogs sleep?


Hedgehogs sleep and hibernate in a specially made nest, if you find them ‘sleeping’ anywhere else it’s likely that they are ill and are in need of help.