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Hedgehog tracks and signs

Hedeghog tracks

Both the front and back feet have five toes, though often only four toes show up on the tracks. The front feet are wider, and they look like little hands. In contrast, the back feet are slimmer and longer and leave correspondingly narrower prints.

Hedgehog footprints by Emily Thomas

Hedgehog tracks from a footprint tunnel. Footprint tunnel kits can be bought or made. They are low tech but have been shown to be an effective and robust way of detecting hedgehogs.

Hedgehog footprints left in mud may appear differently.

View the guide developed by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) for using footprint tunnels.

Hedgehog droppings

These can vary depending on the diet of the hedgehog. They are dark brown-grey or black, firm and typically packed with the exoskeletons of invertebrates, such as beetles. They are often found on their own, are roughly cylindrical and sometimes tapered. They can range in length from 15-50mm.

Hedgehog dropping by Emily Thomas