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Hedgehog – For adults

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how you and your children can make your garden hedgehog-friendly. And ever wondered what to do if you find a hedgehog? You’ll find some helpful advice below. We’ve also found a couple of interesting hedgehog-related excursions.  

Hedgehog-friendly garden

It only takes a few simple steps to make your garden more hedgehog-friendly and help preserve the hedgehog’s natural habitat:

  • Your garden should be as natural as possible. The best thing is to have a hedge of native shrubs, which will help the hedgehog find its favourite food. The sheltered space inside the hedge is also ideal for a hedgehog to build its nest.   
  • Hedgehogs don’t like neatly mown lawns. They like wild flower meadows where they can search for food (insects, worms, etc.).   
  • Compost heaps are home to a great many tasty insects, which means they’re perfect for foraging hedgehogs. But it’s important that you don’t hinder the hedgehog’s access to the compost heap by using a close-meshed wire silo. Choose an open compost heap or wooden boards with a gap instead.   
  • Loose branches that are not used as firewood can be piled into a heap, offering hedgehogs protection and providing an excellent spot for finding insects and worms.   
  • During hot summers, small garden ponds can help prevent hedgehogs dying of thirst.

If you find an injured hedgehog, contact a vet or your nearest hedgehog rescue centre as quickly as possible.

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If you find a hedgehog in winter that isn’t in hibernation and rolls into a ball when touched, you should weigh it. If it weighs more than 500 grams and isn’t injured or sick, it’ll make it through to spring. If it weighs less than 500 grams, you should contact a vet or hedgehog rescue centre or give the hedgehog a home for the winter yourself. Here’s more information on how you can help a hedgehog hibernate in your own home:


As a general rule, you shouldn’t feed hedgehogs. They are wild animals and can find food themselves.

However, there are two exceptions to this rule as long as you follow expert advice:

  1. If a hedgehog wakes too early (end of February) from hibernation. In this case, the ground will still be frozen and the hedgehog won’t be able to find any food.   
  2. If a hedgehog weighs less than 500 grams in late autumn. This is the minimum weight it needs to be able to survive the winter.

World of the hedgehog

More information on hedgehogs is available here: