Hedgehog trapped in plastic rubbish
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Hedgehogs trapped in plastic rubbish

Hedgehogs get trapped in discarded plastic waste - read about the dangers and what you can do to help.

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Studying poo under the microscope
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Treating hedgehog internal parasites

Hedgehog internal parasites and how to treat them.

Wild European hedgehog
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Treating a hedgehog with metabolic bone disease

Treating a hedgehog with metabolic bone disease Meet Benjamin. He is very poorly with metabolic bone disease. Benjamin was admitted to my rescue at only 330g. He has been surviving by eating bird seed over the Winter. https://youtu.be/BVczpRkgjHQ Benjamin has metabolic bone disease. Basically, his bones are very thin due to calcium deficiency. This is… Continue reading Treating a hedgehog with metabolic bone disease

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

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

Wild European hedgehog
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The cost of running a hedgehog hospital

What does it cost to run a hedgehog rescue? Of course you cannot put a price on the life of a hedgehog like Andy. Hedgehog numbers are in sharp decline and every prickly life is precious. But did you know that the vast majority of wildlife rescues are entirely self-funded and do it just for… Continue reading The cost of running a hedgehog hospital

Wild european hedgehog
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Find a hedgehog rescue

Information about how to find a hedgehog rescue for sick and injured hedgehogs.

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?