Posted 14th Jun 2017
Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue tell us what we should do should we come across an injured hedgehog
If you come across a hedgehog, only remove it if you are sure it is sick or injured. If you're in any doubt, you should call a charity before taking action. Summer is a particularly busy time for hedgehog rescues across the country, and swift action will often be necessary on the day you find the sick or injured hedgehog to prevent an unnecessary death.
Once you are sure the hedgehog needs attention, follow these instructions:
1 Pick it up using an old towel or gardening gloves to prevent yourself from getting spiked.
2 Place the hedgehog inside a high sided box to stop it from climbing out or alternatively, a cat carrier lined with newspaper.
3 Put a warm towel over it to keep it warm. Injured hedgehogs are often in shock and cold - if possible, place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel underneath the hedgehog. However, make sure you never put one directly onto an uncovered hot water bottle.
4 Do not leave a hedgehog outside - instead bring the box indoors and put it in a quiet room away from noise until you have found a rescue centre who will care for it. Stress can cause a hedgehog to become very ill.
5 Under no circumstances, should you try to care for the hedgehog yourself - it is a specialist and complicated business.
For further details on how to create a hedgehog friendly garden and much more visit the Snuffles website www.snuffles-rescue.com In an emergency call the British hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 for details of your local hedgehog rescue.