As a voluntary organisation, we can’t always be there straight away to help but by following these steps you can give a hedgehog a better chance of survival.
Hedgehogs that need help are:
Injured hedgehogs – with open wounds, fractures, bites, burns, or trapped in some way.
Note if a dog has picked up a hedgehog we always recommend that the hedgehog comes into care to be fully checked.
Sick hedgehogs – usually found out in the day, emaciated, thin, dehydrated, possibly poisoned (frothing at the mouth, nose), or with breathing problems.
Hedgehogs that are unsteady on their feet (wobbling, rocking, running around in circles) and one with flies around them.
Autumn juveniles – these are young hedgehogs born late in the year, weighing under 600g from late August early September onwards – especially if out in the day, they need help.
Orphaned hoglets – found out of the nest in day, or when the nest has been destroyed and the mother is killed or injured.
Tiny hoglets (baby hedgehogs) need urgent attention. Keep them warm and do not attempt to feed. If you find one there may be more. They usually come in litters of 4 or 5.
If you find an sick/injured hedgehog or a hedgehog out in the daytime:
- Put a hot water bottle filled with warm, not boiling water and wrapped in a towel in the bottom of a high sided box fitted with a lid.
- Cover the hedgehog with a towel or fleece, and allow space for the hedgehog to move if it feels too warm.
- Provide fresh water to drink and a small amount of wet cat or dog food. Do not attempt to force or hand feed. Please do not give milk, nuts or meal worms.
In the case of a seriously injured hedgehog please take immediately to your nearest veterinary surgery or Bridge Vets Pontllanfraith.
Call or Text Hedgehog Helpline as soon as possible 07557 646773
Please note our phone line is managed by volunteers who endeavour to answer all calls, if this is not possible we will endeavour to call you back or please drop us a text.
After contacting us
We may need your help to take the hedgehog to one of our carers, if we have no beds available, we will provide you with advice and help you look for your nearest Vet.
Your help and support is much appreciated.
Sometimes the best advice is to leave the hedgehog alone. For example, a female hedgehog that has a litter of hoglets may leave the nest during the day to collect some more nesting materials.
Details of our area and other rescues can be found here.
All our carers are volunteers, who also have jobs, families and other hobbies, they consistently go over and above to help with the care of hedgehogs.
However; on occasions we won’t be able to admit, we will always provide you with advise and guidance and direct you in the right direction of where to take the hedgehog.