Helping our Hedgehogs

   A poorly hedgehog found in the MBB car park at Court Hey Park recently.

 

Initial data from British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), show that hedgehogs have been reported more often this year than in 2020. This could be due to a number of different reasons including a successful breeding season in 2020, favourable winter conditions but also increased recording effort from volunteers spending more time in their gardens since the pandemic. However, we do know that hedgehogs are declining nationally.

Did you know that hedgehogs are now classed as vulnerbale to exticntion in the UK?

Help us understand more about hedgehogs in North Merseyside by filling out this short survey from Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Additionally, don't forget you can submit your hedgehogs records to us via the usual methods!

November can be a difficult month for our much-loved hedgehogs...

At this time of year, Hedgehogs will be preparing for hibernation. To successfully survive hibernation and the winter, Hedgehogs need to store enough energy to avoid having to wake up and forage.

Please do not leave pumpkins outside for hedgehogs!
Contrary to popular belief, pumpkins can be very dangerous for hedgehogs and other animals. Large quantities of pumpkin can have a laxative effect on young hedgehogs, which could lead to dehydration and malnutrition. This could be the difference in a young hedgehog surviving hibernation and not.

Always check the entire bonfire for hedgehogs before lighting it!
Hedgehogs may choose bonfires to hibernate. If you do plan to have a bonfire then be sure to not leave it standing for too long, or move it before lighting. When checking, lift parts of the bonfire section by section using a pole or broom. Do not use a fork, spade or rake as this may injure a hedgehog.

If you find a hedgehog that needs help, follow these steps:

  1. Use gardening gloves to pick up the hedgehog;
  2. Place the hedgehog in a high sided box with an old towel or fleece in the bottom for it to hide under;
  3. 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;
  4. Make sure the bottle is always kept warm (if allowed to go cold it will chill the hedgehog and do more harm than good);
  5. Put the box somewhere quiet; and
  6. Provide the hedgehog with fresh water and meaty cat or dog food if possible. 
  7.  Once you have safely rescued the hedgehog, it is best to contact a local wildlife rescue who can advise you best on how to proceed.

List of local wildlife rescues centres:

  • Jackson's Animal Rescue                              Tel: 01516255464
  • Haydock  Hedgehog Helpers Rescue           Tel: 07539524755
  • Lowton Hedgehog Rescue                            Tel: 07950933410
  • Freshfields Animal Rescue                           Tel: 01519311604
  • Wirral Animal Sancturary                              Tel: 07539524755

You can also take an ill hedgehog to your nearest vet - they have a duty of care!

 

The infographic below will help you identify if the hedgehog you have found is not well!