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Guidelines for Releasing Rehabilitated Hedgehogs

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Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue follows the guidance from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, RSPCA, Vale Wildlife Hospital and ZSL. Namely:


  • This collaboration strongly recommends that rescued hedgehogs should be released where they were found whenever possible.

  • If this is not possible they should at least be released in the same locality - selecting a reasonably large area of habitat, similar to that from which the hedgehog originated, minimising risks to the released hedgehog and to local populations.

  • Healthy hedgehogs should never be released into an enclosed area (however large that enclosure is).

  • One patch of land is not suitable for release of multiple rehabilitated hedgehogs unless that is where they orginated.

  • Hedgehogs should not be transported long distances for release without exceptional circumstances making it necessary and only if a prior disease risk analysis has been undertaken.

  • This advice refers to hedgehogs rescued from where they are native to the land and can legally be released.

  • The hedgehogs’ welfare is paramount, and our feelings must be secondary to that. They are wild animals and should never be treated as pets or property.

  • Best practice would be to conduct post-release monitoring when possible to inform release strategies


Please see the link below for the full statement.

BHPS-Guidance-For-relasing-Rehabilitated-Hedgehogs.pdf (

Oct 20, 2021

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