Caring for Jersey's hedgehogs - 01534 734340
Hedgehog Survey Report 2007



The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group rescues, rehabilitates and releases back into the wild Western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Jersey, British Channel Islands.

If you find a hedgehog lying out of its nest in daytime or a sick or injured one at any time of day or night it will be in need of help: 



Please phone us at once on 01534 734340 if you live in Jersey or contact your nearest carer or a vet if you live elsewhere. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY (unless it is late at night), even then if the hedgehog is injured or sick please seek help at once. 

During the summer when hours of darkness are shorter, healthy hedgehogs, especially mothers or mothers to be will come out to forage in the early evening or early morning while it is still light. If you see one walking about
in your garden, please offer it some dog or cat food and some water.  If it is walking with purpose, is not injured or lying still or wobbling when it walks it should be fine.  Mothers to be often make their nests during the day and mothers may move their young between nests, you may see a hedgehog carrying grass or leaves or even a baby in her mouth or have some older hoglets following her. This is normal behaviour.

In Jersey:

OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCIES FOR INJURED HEDGEHOGS BETWEEN 8PM AND 8AM:  New Era Veterinary Hospital, Georgetown - please phone 07797 711585 and take the hedgehog to the hospital. If you are unable to take the casualty to New Era please phone the JSPCA emergency ambulance line: 07797 720331. You will not be charged for JSPCA or veterinary services.
If you find a small hedgehog at night from November to March weighing less than 450g (which will fit on one hand if you pick it up), it will be too small to survive the winter without our help. Please pick it up with gloves or a towel and if the hedgehog is unhurt, please put it in a box with some cat/dog food and water and ripped up newspaper to hide in, keep the box in a warm room and phone 734340 after 8am the next morning.


If you live in the UK, please phone the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801, out of office hours they have an answerphone which gives you the phone numbers of carers who will answer your call round the clock and give advice and be able to put you in contact with a hedgehog rehabilitator in your area.


Please don't leave a sick or injured hedgehog when you see one we are working as normal. Usually hedgehogs in need of help are seen out in daylight, but of course might also be seen after dark.

Please always wear gloves or use a towel to pick up any hedgehog or other wildlife, we don't yet know if they can get Covid-19 but may be carriers. This is always a good precaution because of all the other bugs they can have some of which can be passed to humans. Limit your handling of the hedgehog to a minimum.

Please put the hedgehog in a box with ripped up newspaper or hay and close the lid! Ring us on 01534 734340 for our latest advice. We ask that you either bring the hedgehog in to us or if you are staying at home, we will try to find a volunteer in your area and ask you to leave the box and hedgehog on your doorstep or somewhere else secure outside your house.

For releasing we will bring the hedgehog to your garden and leave it in a sack of hay where you tell us to - please, provide food and water once we have gone.

We are repeating our strimmer awareness campaign this summer.  Please see our Strimmer Awareness page.  We are asking everyone to take care when using cutting equipment and to check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before they start work.  We are  having flyers and stickers printed.  If you would like some of these please email:                 

We have had so many injured hedgehogs this summer, we are working with other environmental organisations in the Island to try to change public attitudes to over zealous cutting of banks, verges and hedges during Branchage season and to persuade land owners to only cut the inner margins of their fields and hedges during the winter to make things safer for our hedgehogs and to encourage the growth of beneficial low growing plants for wildlife. To find out more please go to Branchage/habitat

Please record any sightings of hedgehogs dead or alive in Jersey with the Jersey Biodiversity Centre so we can build up information about our local hedgehog population

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The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People's Trust for Endangered Species have launched a new initiative to encourage people to do all they can for hedgehogs.  You can become a Hedgehog Champion and link with others in your area to make your gardens hedgehog friendly:


PUBLIC AWARENESS: We try to increase public awareness about hedgehogs in Jersey and
 the dangers they face living in a small Island so near to humans and all the hazards they cause for wildlife. We give talks to groups of all ages, interviews to the media and take part in fund raising events.  We produce quarterly newsletters for our members.  You are welcome to join the Group, our current minimum annual subscription is £5 per year.
Hedgehog Care: We care for any sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs found by members of the public and one they are fit again, we  release them back into the wild as near to where they were found as is sensible. This is done under veterinary guidance. We work closely with the New Era Veterinary Hospital, Georgetown, Jersey. If you find a hedgehog in trouble, probably lying out of its nest in the daytime, do give us a ring  on 734340 (if you live in Jersey - if you live in the UK please contact your local vet or wildlife centre or the BHPS number given above). We will do our best to restore it to health or care for it until it is big enough to survive in the wild on its own. Occasionally hedgehogs are so badly injured that the vets decide that they cannot be released back into the wild, then they are cared for in safe enclosed gardens for the rest of their lives.

Scientific Research:
We contribute information for scientific research about hedgehogs.  We keep records of all hedgehogs in our care and fit most of them with numbered ear-tags to identify them if they are found again. We rely on members of the public to tell us when they find a tagged hedgehog either dead or alive.So if you find a hedgehog with an ear tag in Jersey, please contact us on  734340, even if it is dead, it will add to our knowledge of what happens to them once they have been released, for example: how far they travel from the release point, how long they live and we may be able to tell if the problems it had on its first visit have recurred. Our oldest tagged hog lived for 6 years in the wild and spent the last year of his life back with us in captivity because the vet had taken all his teeth out.


If you would like to donate by bank transfer our account details are:
Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group
Code 40-25-33
No 71401602
If you would like an acknowledgement or to receive our newsletters please advise us by emailing

If you would like to help us in our work, please donate items that we use a lot from our Amazon Wish list

We have a Paypal account where you can donate please follow this link:

or you can donate anonymously through Paypal on our page at the Association of Jersey Charities  our charity number is 233. Unless you email us at we will be unable to acknowledge your donation.

Or you can always do it the old fashioned way by just sending us a cheque made payable to JHPG and sent to Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group, White Lodge, Waterworks Valley, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4ZR

Thank you so much in advance for all your support.


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