There are only a few reasons why you may see a hedgehog out during the day.
1. It’s a pregnant female. This hedgehog should be left alone; she should appear active, moving quickly around the garden with food or leaves in her mouth. She may be building her nest or active during the day trying to find herself food.
2. It’s a nursing female. This hedgehog should be left alone unless the nest has been destroyed. If you find a female hedgehog with young try to retreat from the area and not disturb the nest further. If the nest has been destroyed SEEK ADVICE IMMEDIATELY.
3. The hedgehog is young/small/ sick. SEEK ADVICE IMMEDIATELY. This hedgehog may appear small in size, sluggish, lethargic, inactive or injured. It is important you contact us about this hedgehog in order to receive the appropriate advice for the hedgehog’s situation.
Cat/ dog meat or Cat/Dog biscuit is an appropriate substitute for an hedgehogs natural diet. Alternatively you can use bird seed, sunflower hearts, meal worms, unsalted peanuts, raisins and dried fruit.
As an adult- WATER ONLY
Hedgehogs drink alot, offering water can be very helpful to a hedgehog in need.
Travelling in a car can be very distressing for a hedgehog so please make sure you have called us first to ensure bringing it to the hospital is the appropriate course of action.
Put the hedgehog into a box with a lid or cat carrier.
Ensure the box is lined with newspaper or a towel to offer stability for the hedgehog.
Remove any water from the box during transit. Make sure the car is quiet on the journey.
Seek telephone advice IMMEDIATELY.
There are many reason you may have found infant hedgehogs & many solutions that could be appropriate. It is important to call us & explain exactly what you see.
The above information should only be used as a guideline.
Hedgehog Rescue is not black & white.
It is important to seek telephone advice from us should you find a hedgehog in need of help.
Telephone 01626 362 319
For useful hedgehog literature & a list of all UK hedgehog carers we recommend using the British
Hedgehog Preservation Website.
Have you found a hedgehog that's in need of rescue? Please report it to us with as much information as possible so we can help!