If you find an ill or injured hedgehog it will probably be suffering from hypothermia, even in summer.
Never try and force feed a hedgehog and do not put down food or water
for any hog until it is has warmed up and is active again
as it will be
unable to swallow or digest. The danger is the fluid/food will be
Place it on a hot (but not boiling hot) water bottle wrapped in a
towel and put in a cardboard box or recycle box lined with newspaper.
Cover the box in a blanket, place in a quiet place to warm up and phone us immediately on the number above - if we can't answer please send a text message with your name and number - we will respond as soon as possible.
Hedgehogs that need help are:
Orphaned hoglets - found out of the nest in day, or when the nest has been destroyed and the mother killed or injured.
Injured hedgehogs - with open wounds, fractures, bites, burns, or trapped in some way.
Sick hedgehogs - usually found out in the day, thin, dehydrated, possibly poisoned, or with breathing problems. Hedgehogs that are unsteady on their feet (wobbling, rocking) and one with flies around them.
Autumn juveniles - hedgehogs born late in the year, please contact the rescue if you are concerned. Captivity can cause more problems than it solves. Where possible and where the hedgehog is being support fed we wil encourage you to leave it in the wild. If the hedgehog is very tiny please weigh it and contact us for advice.
Hedgehogs that should be left alone
Healthy hedgehogs will often rouse from hibernation for short periods even in cold winter weather. Do not assume these hedgehogs need help unless they are underweight or obviously unwell.
Adult females in summer that are uninjured but found out in daylight may be nursing mothers. Any large uninjured hedgehogs found at night (e.g. in winter or in the road) and picked up should be put back away from the road but near where found.