Hedgehogs

October 2008

Climate change means that hedgehogs are having second broods qhogsuite late in the season. We are getting quite a few young hogs in that weigh around 120g.  At this weight a hedgehog will not survive the winter. If you see small hedgehogs out particularly during the day then give us a ring. These 2 in the picture had been disturbed by a fox and 1 of them had nasty fly strike. As you can see hedgehogs have no table manners – they walk about in their food, sit in their food and poo in their food! If you have hedgehogs living in your neighbourhood then be sure to feed them with dog or cat food (not gravy based) and leave water out for them.  You can also buy specially formulated hedgehog food

Baby Hedgehog July 08

This little guy was so small when he came to us, his eyes were still closed. he is doing well and gaining weight, once he reaches 250g we will release him.


12 July 2008

We currently have three hedgehogs, one is due for release but we found out that he is blind, so will require a secure garden to live in.



Hedgehogs 18-May-08
Hedgehog awareness week was the first weekend in May and these are 2 of our resident hogs. These hogs visit our garden every night and we give them food and water in order to help them. One of them was treated for dehydration on the day we moved in and would have deteriorated very quickly had we not been able to give her rehydration fluid very quickly. Many people ask us how they can attract hedgehogs to their gardens and there are a number of ways. They will only come to your garden if it is suitable for them so here is a few tips. We will not release hedgehogs into your garden after rehabilitation if it is unsuitable:

  • Don’t use slug pellets or rat poison and get your neighbours to do the same (end of argument)!! We have lost track of the number of times we have told people to stop using these disgusting chemicals which give hedgehogs a very slow and painful death. If you get a hog in your garden they will eat your slugs anyway. These products should be banned.
  • Put out bowls of water in a heavy dish – hedgehogs are very prone to dehydration.
  • If you do get a hog in your garden then put out food for it (make sure you put it under a box so that cats and foxes can’t get to it. You can now buy hedgehog food called ‘Spikes’ – they go mad for the Spikes wet food. Meat based cat and dog food could also be used but NEVER BREAD AND MILK.
  • Make sure hedgehogs can get out of your pond or swimming pool by putting in a ramp.
  • Check your pea netting and football goal netting regularly – a hedgehog trapped in netting for a day in the sun will be very distressed and dehydrated.
  • Make sure you have plenty of ground coverage – a hedgehog loves to potter round in the undergrowth looking for your garden pests. If your garden is all concrete and turf then forget about attracting a hedgehog.
  • Make a log pile or a compost heap. Hogs love nosing around damp areas of the garden and a log pile or compost will attract lots of hedgehog food as well as possibly provide a place for a hedgehog to give birth or to hibernate.
  • Check your bonfires. Even if you leave a pile of sticks for a day check it before lighting it you never know what might of crawled in seeking refuge.

2007 Ballony the Hedgehog

Our special thanks go to Jenny the vet at Bill Bowlers for saving the life of a baby hedgehog. This poor girl had balloon syndrome, this is a respirale problem where air gets released and trapped under the hedgehogs skin, and they literally inflate like a balloon. This is normally fatal if not picked up in time and they have been known, believe it or not to explode.
Thank you to all our volunteers, if it wasn’t for our dedicated team these animals would have not seen Christmas.

Oct 2007

We get lots of hedgehogs in with a variety of problems ranging from lung worm, fluke, fly strike. slug pellet poisoning to garden accidents.

This is one too small to hibernate so she was with us whilst ‘over wintering’. We keep them warm to prevent hibernation and feed them up, to release back into the wild in the spring.