Hedgehogs need our help
The Hedgehog is a wonderful British mammal which needs our help and protection. Sadly, hedgehogs are declining severely in Britain, so now is the time to do all we can to help them.
Hedgehogs are the only British mammal to have spines, these help protect them from predators and when they feel threatened they curl up into a small ball. They remarkable animals who usually hibernate between November and mid-March. When they are not hibernating it’s important for us to do all we can to help and protect them as much as possible.
Hedgehogs love gardens, they will often visit them regularly for food and rest. Why not leave small areas of your garden with piles of leaves or logs. They need fresh water, so leaving a shallow bowl of water out can help them. However, never leave milk out for them, this can cause diarrhea.
It’s worth checking your garden for any open rains or holes and to cover these up, including water areas like swimming pools or ponds, in particular at night.
Remember to always check in hedges, bushes and leaf piles, as hedgehogs may be resting underneath. In particular, when building a bonfire, always check thoroughly for hedgehogs, in particular before lighting the fire.
If you ever find an injured or sick hedgehog, take it to the nearest vet or wildlife rehabilitator or call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
It’s important to keep the animal warm and protected, helping the animal needs to be done safely and you need to protect yourself. Be aware that they can scratch, especially if they are frightened or scared. If you are in anyway unsure about approaching the animal call 0300 1234 999 as soon as possible.
If you can safely get to the animal, be careful to keep it away from your face, wear some gloves if it’s safe to put the animal into a box. Try to put the animal into a dry cardboard box which has a blanket or paper at the bottom, always make sure the animal has enough ventilation inside.
Getting the animal veterinary assistance as soon as possible is vital. Therefore, if you can get the animal to the nearest vet or wildlife centre then try to keep noise level down whilst travelling, this will help to keep the animal calm. If you are unable to get the animal to the vet call 0300 1234 999 immediately.