Hedgehogs are very cute and cuddly but did you know that their numbers are going down rapidly? Read this guide to see how you can help hedgehogs.

A hedgehog has between 5000 and 7000 quills so why can’t they fend for themselves? It’s because we are bigger, and faster, and stronger. So yeah. Also, hedgehogs can’t see very well so they have to smell and hear their way out of a situation. 

“A hedgehog has between 5000 and 7000 quills”

In the autumn try not to step on big mounds of leaves because a hedgehog might be hibernating in one. They are extremely adaptable so one might be living in your garden!

Guess what… Hedgehogs weren’t always called Hedgehogs! They used to be called Urchins which led to the naming of Sea Urchins! Also… If a hedgehog smells or tastes something really strong, it will attempt to cover itself in foamy saliva, much like a cat cleaning itself!  

How you can help

  1. You can build a hedgehog house in your garden

2. If you know there is a hedgehog living in your garden and you want to help feed it leave it dog/cat food not milk as it damages their digestion system.

If you want to find out more about hedgehogs visit https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

By Mia Hunt  

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