MEMBERS of the public in Barnsley are being urged to be on the look out for juvenile hedgehogs who may be in danger this autumn.

 

Autumn juvenile hedgehogs are old enough to be away from their mothers, but are too young to hibernate.

 

They can be seen in gardens as early as September until November, however some can still be found in December, months after they are meant to enter hibernation.

 

Members of the public are urged to be on the lookout for hedgehogs that may be smaller than usual, or can be seen during the day when hedgehogs are typically asleep.

 

According to information from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, they can be fed hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food, or cat biscuits alongside a dish of water.

 

The food can be placed in a dish outside in gardens to encourage underweight hedgehogs to eat and put on weight.

 

Any hedgehogs that are seen to be wobbly or have green, slimy poo should be taken to a vet for urgent care.

 

For more information, including how to care for a hedgehog in need, click here.