You never know what’s going to happen next when you’re living on a farm…

Just as I was sitting down for a cup of tea and to do some admin, there was a knock at the door to let us know that Iona’s mum had spotted two hedgehogs trapped in one of the cattle grids. Iona’s dad handed me a pair of gloves and off Iona and I went in the van to perform our daring rescue!

We grabbed an old fishing crate (these get washed up on our shore all the time, and come in very handy for all sorts of odd jobs.) on our way out, popped it in the back of the van and called in at the farm house to grab a bit of food for them, before heading up the drive.

Hedgehogs trapped in the cattle grid

Hedgehogs trapped in the cattle grid

We found the two hedgehogs, one large and one small, sat quite happily on some grass underneath the grid. We assume, based purely on the size difference that they were probably mother and baby.

I picked the larger one up, which promptly rolled in to a ball, making it too large to lift through the gaps in the grid. This meant I had to crawl across the grid while passing the hedgehog from hand to hand until I could lift it through a larger hole at the other end, where the concrete had worn away. The smaller one thankfully lifted straight out.

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We popped the pair in to the fishing crate with a little food and water and drove them back down the drive to our house, where I left them in the garage under the watchful eye of Iona. This is the part where I conveniently ignore the part where I abandoned Iona in the garage (without any gloves) to help her dad take some silage out to one of the far away fields, leaving her to deal with multiple hedgehog escape attempts…

Getting ready to release the hedgehogs

Getting ready to release the hedgehogs

Once they had had a bite to eat, we carried the fishing crate back up the drive to a small wooded area. We felt that this would be a suitable place to let the pair go. There’s plenty of trees, grasses and brambles to provide shelter, as well as fences and dykes to keep them from getting back out on to the drive and at risk of getting squashed by a tractor or ATV.

They rolled up in to a ball when I first popped them over the fence, but it didn’t take them long to build up enough courage to unroll themselves and begin to explore their new surroundings.

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3 thoughts on “Operation Hedgehog Rescue

  1. Since in the UK (as on the continent) the number of surviving hedgehogs is on a steady and steep decline you did a very good deed! Due to destruction of habitats and road-kills Britain has lost a third of its hedgehog-population within the last ten years! Maybe you could put a bit of work to the cattle grid to allow an escape at the ends, too. The prickly beasts are just now ending their hibernation and wake up with a bellyfull of hunger, so they search every nook and cranny for something to eat.

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