European Hedgehog Page
This page is still very new, so please forgive the limited information here.
Caring for Wild Hedgehogs
Here are a few safeguards to consider for those lucky enough to have wild
hedgehogs visiting in their backyards:
- One of the past traditions throughout much of hedgehog loving Europe always
used to be putting out a dish of milk or cream for hedgehogs. Unfortunately,
this is not particularly good for our prickley little friends, in spite of
the fact that they love the taste. Milk or cream can cause all sorts of
stomach cramps and takes the place of food, without providing quite the same
Rather than milk, try putting out some dry catfood. Hedgehogs, being
insectivores, are essentially carnivorous by nature (although I'm sure
most people would not equate a fat grub with a steak dinner), and while not
perfect, cat, or dog foods are a much better diet for hedgehogs than milk.
- Be careful in the fall when burning piles of leaves, or when turning over
mulch piles. Hedgehogs love to burrow into these to hibernate, and without
care, disaster can strike in the form of a burned, or impaled hedgehog.
- If you have a pool and live where hedgehogs come to visit, you might want
to dangle a piece of thick rope or add a wooden ramp into your pool, in case
a prickley traveller comes charging along chasing a tastey morsel, and ends
up in your pool. Hedgehogs can swim just fine, but without some way of
actually climbing out that they can find, around the edge of the pool, they
will eventually tire and drown.
Home of Finnish Hedgehogs, maintained by Marcin Dobrucki.
Norway -- the focus of Hedgehog attention in Spring 1996
There has been an amazing flurry of hedgehog activity taking place recently
Velforening (Hedgehog Friends) organization.
Audun Gabrielsen's Hedgehog site.
Mot Plågsamma Djurförsök - UPPSALA-AVD (The Swedish Society
Against Painful Experiments On Animals - BRANCH OF UPPSALA).
Anders and Siw, who run the site above, spend a lot of time caring for
sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs.
The British Mammal Society maintains this web page on
The Cleveland Hedgehog Preservation
Society (CHPS) maintain this excellent web page containing a
great set of information on caring for European hedgehogs, as well as on
the Society itself.
The Linnean Society of London maintain this web page on
as part of their FLORA-for-FAUNA web server.
WildAid (formerly the SWRRC - Staffordshire Wildlife
Rescue and Rehabililatation Centre) cares for many sick, injured, and
orphaned hedgehogs. This page has some great pictures of a couple of their
For those of you with a humourous bent to your hedgehog interests, here's
the story of
Hedgehog crisps and it's tie to St. Tiggywinkles.
Brian's personal homepage