Hedgehogs, How to Help a Sick or Injured OneKeith
Hedgehogs are in trouble – research for endangered species shows that hedgehogs have declined by about 30% in the last 10 years and there are thought to be less than one million left in the UK.
Hedgehogs normally hibernate from November through to mid March, but they can sometimes be seen around during this period changing nesting sites. It is quite unusual to see a hedgehog wandering around during winter or in daylight hours, if you do see one and it looks ill, it might need some help.
WHAT TO DO
- Prepare a cardboard box with high sides and line it with a towel or scrunched up newspaper so that the hedgehog can hide and feel secure.
- Arm your self with a pair of gardening gloves and gently scoop up the hedgehog into the cardboard box.
- Put the box in a quiet, warm place: include a hot water bottle filled with hot tap water and wrap it in a towel to provide a gentle heat – dont let it doesn’t go cold.
- Provide fresh water and meaty cat or dog food, but don’t try to feed the hedgehog directly, let it eat when it wants to.
What to do next
If you haven’t done so already, contact The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, who can give in strong advice and help you to find your local rescue centre.