What to do if you have found or are concerned about a hedgehog.

Hedghog

If you have found a hedgehog you are concerned about please use gardening gloves to collect it up, bring it indoors and put it in a high sided cardboard box with an old towel or fleece in the bottom for the hedgehog to hide under.

Fill a hot water bottle so that when it is wrapped in a towel there is a nice gentle heat coming through and put that in the bottom of the box with the hedgehog, ensuring it has room to get off the bottle and making sure the bottle is kept warm (if allowed to go cold it will do more harm than good). Put the box somewhere quiet.

Offer meaty cat or dog food and fresh water then call us as soon as possible on 01584 890 801 for further advice and the numbers of local contacts. Note that out of office hours there is an answerphone, if you have a hedgehog, please press option 1 and listen to the emergency numbers, these volunteers are not representatives of BHPS but they will give you advice and numbers of local contacts. 

I could have used this information when a hedgehog found me one evening working in my Bay of Islands workshop in the year 5 BG. I noticed there was a weight on my foot – when I looked down, there was the hedgehog atop my shoe (it was a cold night and my foot was certainly warmer than the ground).

It’s good to know that we got it mostly right – there was no British Hedgehog Preservation Society for us to contact in New Zealand. My deerskin work gloves were just the ticket to carry the hedgehog into the bedroom to show Dorothy. Then back outside to deposit the hedgehog in the garden. Not long after, back in the shop I felt a weight on my foot again…

HT Tyler Cowen who writes “Furthermore the results apply even if you have not “found” a hedgehog but rather are “concerned” about one, the site recognizing appropriately that perhaps he or she has found you).”

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