Hedgehogs are nocturnal, they sleep during the day. They also hibernate throughout winter. This is usually November to mid-March but is dependent on temperature. They can sometimes be seen out and about during the day and during the winter but this is quite rare.
|Cause for concern||When to help a hedgehog||When not to help a hedgehog|
|Seen during the day||Hog is staggering||Hog is moving with purpose – mums will take the opportunity to find food and nesting materials whenever she can find it|
|Ticks||Over 10 ticks is a cause for concern. Any ticks on a baby is cause for concern||Fewer than 10 ticks on an adult hog is acceptable, they will drop off when full|
|Baby seen alone||If no sight of mum after 2 hours||Monitor to see if mum appears, if mum turns up then all is well|
|Hog is scratching||If scratching seems excessive||Hogs scratch a lot, they often scratch off ticks and their new spines can cause itching when working through the skin|
|Hog appears dead||If hog is cold outside of hibernation then it probably needs help||When hibernating hogs are cold and barely breathe so can appear dead, please do not bury until absolutely certain|
- Garden gloves – hedgehog spines are sharp and they could also have ringworm or ticks. Protect yourself by wearing thick gloves when handling the hog.
- A high-sided cardboard box – hedgehogs are escape artists and very good climbers.
- Kitchen roll – white kitchen roll is useful for showing up blood if the hog is bleeding from a wound you haven’t noticed.
- An old towel – you will need this to put in the cardboard box so the hog has somewhere to hide.
- Water – please provide water but not food unless advised by a rescue.
When ready put on the gloves and gentle scoop up the hedgehog. Place the hedgehog in the cardboard box with a sheet of kitchen roll on the bottom and lay the towel over the top of the hog. Keep the box in a warm quiet area. A cardboard box is a short-term solution, the water will get tipped over and the hog will poop all over it, please get the hog to a rescue as soon as possible.