There’s a hedgehog in my garden sunbathing, is it ok? No, it isn’t. Hedgehogs shouldn’t sunbathe and if you see one doing this it is in urgent need of help. Please use gardening gloves or a folded towel to pick it up, pop it into a high sided box with a towel or fleece in the bottom, keep it warm on a covered warm hot water bottle (even in hot weather), offer suitable food and water (see above) and then call BHPS on 01584 890 801 for further advice as soon as possible.
I’ve seen a hedgehog that looks ‘drunk’, is that ok? Again, no, it isn’t ok. Hedgehogs in this state are actually hypothermic and in urgent need of help. Please offer the first aid described above and call us as soon as possible.
Do all hedgehogs have fleas and do they need them? Not all hedgehogs have fleas; many of those rescued have none. Hedgehogs do not need their fleas to survive, that’s an old wives tale. Hedgehog fleas are host specific so while they may jump onto a cat or dog, they won’t infest them.
Help! I’ve harmed a hedgehog whilst strimming. Undoubtedly one of the most worrying calls we receive. Please check areas thoroughly before strimming or mowing. These injuries are usually horrific and the hedgehog often has to be put to sleep, of course many are killed instantly with this kind of accident. Do check for hoglets as the nest you have strimmed could be a nursery nest.
Are hedgehogs meant to be out in the daylight? Not usually no. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, which means they shouldn’t really be seen out in daylight hours. Some of the exceptions to this are pregnant females gathering nesting materials just before she gives birth, or a new ‘mum’ taking a break from the nest to get food and water while her young sleep. Sometimes, when the nights are short, a hungry hedgehog may forage around dusk and dawn. However, these hedgehogs would move quickly with purpose. If a hedgehog is lethargic, lay out, has flies around it, is wobbly, or gives you any other cause for concern, please call us for advice ASAP on 01584 890 801.
My dog doesn’t like hedgehogs in the garden, can you move it? The answer is that unless you are prepared to hedgehog proof the entire garden, there is no point in moving the resident hedgehogs as others from the local population will very likely move into the vacated area. If you are prepared to do this work, the best thing is to contact a local carer to see if they can safely relocate the hedgehog (avoiding baby season). Otherwise, training the dog to leave hedgehogs alone is the ideal solution, taking the dog out for it’s ‘after dark’ run in the garden on a lead, using a muzzle and making lots of noise before the dog goes out to warn the hedgehog something is happening can help. Hedgehogs often have a routine so if you see a hedgehog about at a certain time it is likely to be around near that time the next night – avoid letting the dog out at those times.
I want a hedgehog for my garden; can I just take one from the wild? No! Please don’t do this. It’s great that you want to encourage hedgehogs into your garden, but taking one from an area where it knows food and water sources to an unknown area isn’t fair. More worringly, it could have a dependent young in a nest. Without its return, the nest will fail and the young won’t survive. Finally, if hedgehogs aren’t already in your garden, there might be a good reason for this. We have a leaflet available on this subject on our website www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk (or contact us for a paper copy).
MORE NON-URGENT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE WWW.BRITISHHEDGEHOGS.ORG.UK BUT IF YOU FIND A HEDGEHOG IN NEED OF HELP, PLEASE CALL US ON 01584 890 801 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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The British Hedgehog Preservation Socity (BHPS) has released its 61st newsletter and a brand new Hogalogue gift catalogue to 11,000 members and supporters.
The front page is full of the exciting news that the hedgehog was recently voted as Britain’s National Species in a poll by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Also enclosed is news of the society’s involvement in the BBC Summer of Wildlife and details of scientific research being funded by the Charity.
The Hogalogue is crammed full of hedgehoggy items including Christmas cards, stationary, books, gifts and hegehog food with all profits going to the charity.
For your free copy of the Hogalogue, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the British Preservation Society for just £7.50 a year, send an A5 SAE to BHPS Hogalogue, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, SY8 3PL, see their website www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk or call 01584 890 801