Hedgehogs head into hibernation from October/November to March/April to avoid the scarcity of food and the cold, harsh weather winter brings.
But the small animals still face troubles during these cold months. And with hedgehogs in decline all around the UK, here is some information on how you can help.
Rescue or leave them alone?
What to do when you’ve found a hedgehog in need
Once you are sure you’ve found a struggling hedgehog, getting them the help they need safely is the top priority.
Wearing gloves to capture the small mammals are vital due to the spines, and make sure they are then placed in a deep box with air holes – or somewhere they can’t escape.
Calling experts to care for and rehabilitate the hedgehogs is always a good idea. Here is a map of centres or charities able to help near Dorset:
Please note that some centres/charities are entirely volunteer-based, and centres are not open to the public.
Call for emergencies.
Help the small mammals through other means
- A helpful guide to supporting your garden neighbours
- The British Hedgehog Preservation Society’s (BHPS) advice for helping hedgehogs
- 10 ways to make your garden a hedgehog haven
- Make donations
- Support a local non-profit like Wildlife In Need