Elderly wild hedgehog old wild hedgehog
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How old is my hedgehog? How to identify an elderly hedgehog

The pigment of hedgehog noses turns pink with age. How to identify the age of a wild hedgehog.

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Three legged wild hedgehog amputee
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Hedgehog leg amputation – three legged hedgehog

Can wild hedgehogs survive with a missing leg? Meet Rupert. He arrived with me in 2016 as a small hoglet. He was only 300g. When I inspected him I could smell that something wasn't right. Wildlife rescuers go a lot by smell - you get to know the smell of infection and poo that is… Continue reading Hedgehog leg amputation – three legged hedgehog

Strimmed hedgehog
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Treating a hedgehog with a strimmer injury

The sound of people people using a strimmer sets my teeth on edge. I hate them! They do so much damage to wildlife including hedgehogs, frogs and toads. This is the story of Holly and her journey to recovery from a terrible strimmer wound. She was found at the end of July with her head… Continue reading Treating a hedgehog with a strimmer injury

Wild hedgehog in hedgehog box
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Releasing rehabilitated hedgehogs back to the wild

How to release rehabilitated and over-wintered hedgehogs back to the wild. I release hedgehogs back to the wild year round except for in the middle of Winter. To give the hedgehogs the best chance, here are some of the factors I bear in mind when releasing. It has to be 5 degrees or above at… Continue reading Releasing rehabilitated hedgehogs back to the wild

male wild hedgehog
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How to sex a hedgehog – how to tell if a hedgehog is male or female

Is my visiting hedgehog a girl or a boy? I'm often asked this question. The challenge of working it out often leads to many just being called 'Spike', which I guess works for either..... There are a few ways you can tell what sex your hedgehog is. The first does depend on the hedgehog being… Continue reading How to sex a hedgehog – how to tell if a hedgehog is male or female

Spring wildlife garden
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Top plants for hedgehogs and attracting insects

What plants to grow in your garden for hedgehogs. Help hedgehogs thrive in your garden with this guide to plants that are great for our spiky friends. Contrary to popular belief, hedgehogs don't mainly eat slugs. Their favourite foods are beetles and caterpillars. Growing plants to attract insects is therefore one of the best things you can… Continue reading Top plants for hedgehogs and attracting insects

Hedgehogs feeding in garden
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WANTED – homes for hedgehogs!

"I want a garden hedgehog!" If I had a pound for every time I've heard that, I would be a rich woman! I'm on the lookout for suitable hedgehog release sites for hedgehogs that have spent the time in care. I want the best of the best for these rehabilitated hedgehogs so please let me… Continue reading WANTED – homes for hedgehogs!

hibernating hedgehog
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Hibernating hedgehog – dead or alive?

How can you tell if a hedgehog is hibernating? This is a question I am frequently asked by my foster carers, a network of special people who support me with looking after rehabilitated hedgehogs over the Winter period. These hedgehogs missed the deadline for release before the weather turned cold and, if they are well… Continue reading Hibernating hedgehog – dead or alive?

Hedgehog feeding station
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What to feed wild hedgehogs in your garden

What to feed wild hedgehogs in your garden.