Hedgehogs In August
All these changes to our weather make it difficult to predict how the hedgehogs will
fare. The warm spell in March has lead to a number of litters being born very early.
Those female hedgehogs with successful early litters and those with unsuccessful
later litters will be thinking about having second brood. These are likely to be born
in August and September – giving rise to the next batch of autumn juveniles ie ones
having to do really well to put on enough weight to hibernate.
Damp weather is great for hedgehogs as it brings out the slugs, snails and worms.
However very wet weather can lead to flooding of nests, difficulty in keep nests dry
and also difficult in staying dry themselves. Feeding stations with lids mean that your
visiting hedgehogs can stay dry whilst feeding and return nice and dry to their nests.
Once a hedgehog is wet, and especially of it is returning to a wet nest, it will be prone
Signs of hypothermia are wobbling and shaking and acting as if they are slightly
drunk. If you see a hedgehog like this then it needs to come inside. Put it on a
covered hot water bottle and cover the hedgehog with another towel. Put it in a
high-sided box and offer some meat based dog or cat food. Then seek advice. If
the problem is purely that it has become very wet and is suffering from hypothermia
then it can probably be put back into the garden after a good feed. However often
hypothermia is just a sign of a problem and warming it up treats that symptom but
does not address the initial cause. It is these hedgehogs that need extra help and you
should seek further advice about their care.
Think a hedgehog is in trouble – if in doubt give us a shout – call Us on 01922 414694. For more information about hedgehogs and making your garden safer for hedgehogs visit