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To start with it is not a good idea to block a wild hedgehog into a garden and the hedgehog, once it had escaped may have decided it was not a good place to be, bearing in mind the treatment it had received. It is always best to leave any treatment of hedgehogs to experienced carers/rehabilitators which you do not say you are.

Having said that, hedgehogs do tend to ‘disappear’ from certain locations from time to time. Males, in particular, have large ranges and he may be concentrating on another part of his range – especially if there is good habitat available in the area. It’s possible he may eventually return if he can easily get into and out of your garden. Alternatively, if there is one hedgehog in an area there are likely to be others as well, so one of those might also visit. Although, bear in mind that by trying to stop one hedgehog getting out, you may have been stopping other hedgehogs from getting in.

One of the main objects of Hedgehog Street is to try to improve access to gardens for the hedgehogs by making hedgehog holes – so that they have more available accessible habitat in which to forage. So as many hedgehog holes as possible are good. Ideally we would also all be making our gardens as hedgehog friendly as possible so that the hedgehogs can rely on finding wild food for themselves rather than relying on any artificial food we might offer them.

Let us know if he returns.