Species Focus

Hedgehog

(Erinaceus europaeus)

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs have brown fur with yellow tipped spines and a small pointed face. They feed on insects, especially slugs, beetles and worms.

Watch a Hedgehog in a garden

Discover: Hedgehog

If given the chance hedgehogs will also eat amphibians and eggs of ground nesting birds.

  • Conservation status: Vulnerable (ICUN Red List); Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework.
  • Measurements: Length: 15-30 cm, tail: 1-2 cm, weight: up to 2 kg.

An individual hedgehog has around 7000  spines made from adapted hair.

Hedgehog
Can you spot: Hedgehogs can mainly be spotted between April and October when they’re not hibernating in their winter nests.

Did you know: Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant. To help support local hedgehogs, you can try putting out some meat-based cat or dog food  and a shallow water dish, but leave the milk in the fridge!

Want to find out more about Hedgehog?
Try these links:

Discover more species at Waterbeach

Discover more ecology areas Waterbeach

Northern buffer
Northern buffer habitat area
Explore
western bund Waterbeach
Western Bund habitat area
Explore
Former golf course at Waterbeach
Former golf course habitat area
Explore

Get updates from Waterbeach

Work underway at Waterbeach Barracks

Keep up to date with the latest ecology updates to your inbox

Register for updates