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How to spot a hedgehog

25th June 2019

One of the most common questions I hear is…

How do I know if I have hedgehogs?

Well, I’m pleased to tell you that there are lots of ways to identify if hedgehogs are around:

  • Firstly, check out the BIG hedgehog map to see if people have spotted hedgehogs near you.
Distribution of Hedgehogs in London 2018, BIG Hedgehog Map
  • Hedgehog poop is quite recognisable. It’s black, flat at one end and pointed at the other only a bout an inch long. Find out more here.
  • ‘Hog prints are unique so if you have any wet earth, sand, or want to use a proper mammal surveying tunnel you can see if ‘hogs are using your garden. You can buy mammal footprint tunnels from Ark Wildlife.
  • If you have a hedgehog house, it’s important not to disturb any nesting hedgehogs as it might cause a mother to abandon her hoglets, so avoid opening the house. Instead you can place some leaves/bedding near the house, a ‘hog will likely drag this into the house for nesting, so look out for bedding that has been moved. Another trick is to place a stick over the house entrance and if this has moved it could be that a hedgehog is using it.
  • Finally, the sure fire way of spotting hedgehogs is installing a wildlife camera facing the house. There are some great affordable ones here on Nature Spy.