Out in winter

winterHedgehogs will go into hibernation for many different reasons and at different times, but they may wake and forage for food in the middle of winter.

In order to survive hibernation, hedgehogs need to weigh at least 700gms by the late autumn.

Any that have not reached this weight will struggle to survive the winter, so will need to be taken in and looked after until they have gained sufficient fat reserves, which often means overwintering the hedgehogs until the following September/October. Again this is best undertaken by a hedgehog or wildlife rescue who will be able to monitor faecal changes and treat for any parasites while the hedgehog remains in care.