If you find a young animal, please be sure it needs help before attempting to handle it. Every animal is better cared for by its natural parents if possible. If rescue is needed, please see the advice below and on the mammal and bird advice pages.
Remember all wild animals are afraid of humans and can go into shock easily. Wild animals cannot be comforted like domestic animals. It is best for the animal to limit the contact you have with it. If you need to capture or transport/contain it, place it in a secure cardboard box or pet carrier and cover the box/carrier with a blanket or towel.
Do not attempt to rescue any animal if it will put you in danger eg. on roads or near water. For larger birds or animals, always call a wildlife rescue centre or the RSPCA for advice. Do not do anything that is likely to cause harm to you or to others.
Baby hedgehog (hoglet)
There are lots of thing we can all do to help our local wildlife to stay safe and thrive.
As well as all of the above, there are things you can do specifically to help our spikey friends.
Visit our 'How to Help' page for more information.