The first baby hedgehogs of the season came into the Pembrokeshire Hogspital last night. Two survivors from a litter of 5 whose mother was found dead. This is early for Pembrokeshire: I usually expect to see them around the middle of June but, other centres across the country do get them at this time.
There could be hedgehogs in your compost, in dead leaves, in old empty garden sacks left around so, do be careful and vigilant around the garden.
If you disturb a nest, cover it back over quickly and wait to see if Mum stays around. If she runs off, give her a little while to return before picking up the babies. If you have to rescue them, the most important thing is to keep them very warm and quiet and disturb them as little as possible. If you have to feed them, use warmed goats milk, NOT cows milk and they need toiletting. My phone number is 01437 779461. Baby hedgehogs are not easy to rear and these ones here are being fed every 2 hours day and night so it is not for the feint hearted.