Please do not bring a hedgehog in to us without telephoning first in case we are full
or not available to accept it.
In some situations you may be asked to take the hedgehog straight to a vet. If the hedgehog is clearly injured and you do not get a reply when you phone then please take it immediately to a vet.
Hedgehogs should not be out during the day. If a hedgehog is out in the daytime and/or is not moving, is injured or appears unwell:
- Pick it up gently – use gloves – place in a high-sided box with newspaper on the bottom;
- Keep it warm;
- Cover the hedgehog with an old towel/tea towel/t-shirt or similar. This will help to keep it warm and to minimise stress;
- Put it somewhere quiet – not outdoors as there is a risk of flystrike - and call us on 01462 431513 for help. If we are not available:
- British Hedgehog Preservation Society 01584 890 801 can give you advice and contact numbers for other local carers.
- If no carer is available please take the hedgehog to a vet. If you are unable to get to a vet please call the RSPCA 24-hr emergency line 0300 1234 999.
- If the hedgehog has flies, fly eggs or maggots on it or is bleeding or is making a noise this is an urgent emergency so please get help for it as quickly as possible.
- If you find a nest of baby hedgehogs please do not touch it but call us or one of the numbers above for advice.
- If a hedgehog is entangled it will need to be checked and monitored. Please do not simply cut it free and let it go even if it seems unhurt; follow the procedure above.
Hedgehogs need to be at least 550g in weight to survive hibernation. In late autumn hedgehogs that are too small to hibernate need to be taken into care. If you find a hedgehog, at any time of day or night, from October onwards, that is smaller than a grapefruit, please bring it indoors and contact us.