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July is hectic hedgehog month in Norfolk

July is hectic hedgehog month in Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:13am 12th July 2019. (Updated at 5:14am 12th July 2019)

They're bracing themselves for hectic hedgehog month in Norfolk.

The RSPCA always sees a spike in incidents for these little creatures in July.

For the whole of 2018 there were 437 call outs in Norfolk, the highest number for the whole of the East of England and in July alone there were 60.

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RSPCA Wildlife Scientific Officer Evie Button said:

"We receive more calls about hedgehogs than about almost any other wild animal. With a total of 10,644 calls taken last year, averaged out, we get a call every hour of every day relating to these iconic animals.

July is our busiest month for hedgehogs.

Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation."

Why people call the RSPCA about hedgehogs

Some of the top reasons given by callers for contacting the animal charity are

  • A hedgehog that they had found was either a sick or injured animal
  • An orphaned newborn or juvenile
  • An animal that was trapped or entangled 

How can you help keep hedgehogs safe?

  • Remember to remove netting from your garden e.g. the kind used for sport or to cover plants
  • Cover drains and holes
  • Check before using a strimmer or mower
  • Look in compost heaps before forking over
  • Avoid using slug pellets as these are poisonous to hedgehogs.


Evie continued:

"We also receive calls from concerned members of the public who have seen a baby hedgehog - a hoglet - on its own.

Our advice is firstly to check whether they actually need rescuing, by watching from a distance.

Generally, it's best to leave them alone, but there are a few things you can do to check if the hoglet does need help. If their eyes are open and they're not in immediate danger, monitor from a distance.

If you're concerned, you can try offering food and fresh water.

During the summer months, only intervene straight away if you find a baby hedgehog in immediate danger (such as on a road) and the mother has been killed or if their eyes are closed and they are alone."


More details on what to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned hedgehog as well as how to help them in your garden, can be found on the RSPCA's website.

To report concerns about an animal contact the RSPCA's Hotline on 0300 1234 999.

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