The European hedgehog is one of the UK’s most familiar wild animals. They are commonly seen in wild corners of gardens or parks, in hedges and bushes where they can happily hide from predators and raise their young.
These spikey insectivores mostly come out at night. You are most likely to see a European hedgehog from April-October, as hedgehogs are one of only three mammals in the UK which hibernate, the other two being the bat and the dormouse.
Did you know that the average hedgehog has around 7000 spines on its back?