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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.

Hedgehog wound from plastic cable tie
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Hedgehog trapped in plastic cable tie

Treating the wounds of a hedgehog found with a plastic cable tie around its body.

Hedgehog bonfire poster
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Burnt hedgehogs – watch out for wildlife in your bonfire

Don't have a hog roast this bonfire night - move your bonfire on the day of lighting or check carefully for wildlife.

Baby wild hedgehog
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Always wear gloves – the importance of hygiene in wildlife rescue

Hygiene is vital when running a wildlife rescue. Find out why wearing gloves is so vital.

Hedgehog with foot injuries
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Hedgehog with foot and limb injuries

Treatment of a hedgehog with foot injuries.

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

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 hedgehogs in garden
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Build a hedgehog feeding station

Want to feed hedgehogs but not your neighbourhood cats? A hedgehog feeding station may well be the answer. It also helps to keep the food and the hedgehog dry when it is raining. Hedgehogs aren't keen on rain! There are lots of options for feeding stations. You can buy a ready made one, I use… Continue reading Build a hedgehog feeding station

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.

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?

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What to feed wild hedgehogs in your garden

What to feed wild hedgehogs in your garden.