Found a Hedgehog Nest?

Disturbing a hedgehog nest often happens in spring and summer when you start to tidy the garden. The nest may contain an adult hedgehog and/or baby hedgehogs. Once you realise that you have disturbed a nest take the following action:

  • Replace any nest material and leave the nest in the condition you found it.
  • If there are lone babies without mum in the nest DO NOT touch them without seeking advice because if you do and the hoglets smell of a human smell then mum will kill or abandon them.
  • Observe the nest site for between 30 to 60 minutes to see whether mum returns to care for her babies.
  • If there is no sign of mum or the nest looks abandoned the babies will make a high pitched noise, similar to a bird. They might even come out of the nest looking for mum.
  • If the babies are making a high pitched sound and mum has not returned then seek advice immediately from your local hedgehog rescue.

ONLY if you think they have been abandoned should they be picked up, put into a box with a covered hot water bottle to keep them warm and covered with a blanket/towel. Contact your local hedgehog rescue or vet for advice. Never try caring for hoglets yourself as they will almost certainly die without specialist care.

DO NOT GIVE THE BABIES COWS MILK AS THIS COULD BE FATAL

IF IN DOUBT SEEK ADVICE

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