If you see a hedgehog in the evening and it is acting normally please support feed. You can feed Dry cat food and or wet dog/cat food and a shallow bowl of fresh water.
If you find an sick/injured hedgehog or a hedgehog:
- 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. It is important the hedgehog is kept warm.
- 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, fruit, sunflower seeds or meal worms.
Call Hedgehog Helpline as soon as possible 07557 646773 (DO NOT TEXT)
In the case of a seriously injured hedgehog please take immediately to your nearest veterinary surgery.
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, 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.
Please note our phone line is managed by volunteers who endeavour to answer all calls, if this is not possible we will try to call you back, but do suggest during busy periods that you re-try.
After contacting us
We have carers located over South East Wales, your contact details will be given to your nearest carer who will contact you to arrange delivery to them.
Your help and support is much appreciated.
Sometimes the best advice is to leave the hedgehog alone.
- A female hedgehog that has a litter of hoglets may leave the nest during the day to collect some more nesting materials.
- A hedgehog out in the night/dark and acting normally, with no sign of injury.
All our carers are volunteers, many with other commitments. All carers are trained to high standards and consistently go over and above to help with the care of hedgehogs.
On occasions we won’t be able to admit as we are at full capacity. It is important that we always consider the welfare of the Hedgehog and over admitting could reduce standards of care.
We will always provide you with advise and guidance and endeavour to assist you to admit the hedgehog into alternative care.