Does Rescuing Hedgehogs Work? Can Released Hogs Survive and Thrive in the Wild?

Thousands of sick, injured and underweight hedgehogs are rescued in the UK every year. Rescue can save a hog from death or suffering. Once nursed back to health, or just fattened up, most hedgehogs will be released back into the wild. But can these hedgehogs go on to lead successful lives in the wild? Does rescuing hedgehogs work? The good news is that, surprisingly often, yes they can.

Drunk Hedgehog: Can Hedgehogs Really Get Squiffy From Eating Fallen Fruit?

Autumn is well and truly with us, the ground is covered with fallen fruit and hedgehogs are eating like crazy to put on enough weight for hibernation. So could that really be a drunk hedgehog staggering across your lawn? Or is it something less entertaining? Let’s look at the evidence.

How To Help Hedgehogs In Autumn | Preparing for Hibernation

For most of the hedgehogs in our gardens preparing to hibernate is the focus of their activity over the autumn months. Hibernation is a crucial but dangerous part of the hedgehog year. And what happens in autumn is critical in determining whether our hogs make it through to next spring. So this week we’re looking at how to help hedgehogs in autumn.

Why Are Hedgehogs Important? 6 Good Reasons Why Hedgehogs Are Special

Of course, every creature on the planet is special (yes, even slugs!) and deserves the right to live out its life as nature intended. Hedgehogs are in decline and need our help. But lots of other wildlife is in the same situation. So why do the hedgehogs in our gardens get so much attention? Why are hedgehogs important? Here are just a few good reasons.

Hedgehogs and Dogs | Can Both Be Safe in Your Garden?

We get questions from a lot of people worried about whether their dog might attack hedgehogs in the garden. Others worry about hedgehogs hurting the dog – or passing on parasites or diseases. So will hedgehogs and dogs be safe together in the garden? Although there are exceptions, as a general rule the two should be able to safely share the same space.

Hedgehogs In Summer – What To Expect and How To Help

Summer is the time of year when you are most likely to actually see hedgehogs in your garden. Though they are nocturnal creatures, nights are so short in the summer months and hedgehogs have so much to do, that it’s not unusual to spot a healthy hedgehog out and about in the daylight. In this article, we are going to look at how to help hedgehogs in summer, what they might be doing and what challenges they face at this time of year.

Hedgehog Spines: Everything you Need To Know About Hedgehogs’ Amazing Prickles

hedgehog spines

Hedgehogs are the UK’s only native species of spiny mammal and their prickles are a unique and formidable defensive mechanism. But there’s more to hedgehog spines than just armour. From buoyancy aids to shock absorbers. There are a whole host of fascinating answers to the question of why do hedgehogs have spines!

Do Badgers Eat Hedgehogs? Do They Threaten Hedgehog Survival?

Yes, badgers do eat hedgehogs. Badgers are the hedgehog’s main predator in the UK and whilst hedgehog numbers are in drastic decline badger numbers have doubled since the 1980s. Early studies have shown that where badgers are culled hedgehog numbers bounce back remarkably. Yet the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is clear that badgers aren’t to blame for the plight of our hedgehogs.

What To Feed Hedgehogs In Your Garden | The Best Foods and What To Avoid

what to feed hedgehogs in your garden

There is a whole range of proprietary hedgehog foods on the market, some rescuers swear by cat food, and you can even find recipes for homemade hedgehog food on the internet. So what is the best thing to feed hedgehogs in your garden? And What foods do more harm than good?

Will Hedgehogs Harm Ground Nesting Birds? | Do They Attack Chicks?

hedgehogs and ground nesting birds

Hedgehogs will certainly eat eggs and even small birds if they get the chance. But hedgehogs do not pose a threat to the ground-nesting birds found in the UK mainland. Put hedgehogs in other situations, though, and they can become a real menace to the bird population.