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Food and Drink - Hedgehog Highlights - Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary

Updated: 2 days ago

They eat invertebrates in the wild. They forage for beetles, worms, slugs, snails, among other little grubs such as millipedes and caterpillars. They like eggs and larvae too.


Any jelly based dog or cat food will be good if you want to help supplement the hedgehogs diet by putting out food for them. They will love that.


Never feed a hedgehog milk! This is a big no, no! They are lactose intolerant but they don't know that and would drink milk if left out for them. But, this can really harm hedgehogs and might also kill the young holglets.

​You should avoid feeding any of the following directly to hedgehogs...


NO MILK (It will make them very ill)

NO Peanuts (whole peanuts can get stuck in their throats, they are also not good as a main food for hogs)

NO Raisins (just like dogs, this can make the hedgehog ill)

NO Raw Chicken (too much bacterial risk)

NO Raw Offal (too much bacterial risk)

NO Sunflower Hearts (they are not good nutritional value food for hogs)

NO Sultanas (just like dogs, this can make the hedgehog ill)

NO Mealworms (There has been a study showing them to cause a bones disease over time, but also not really any nutritional value for them).


We have collated some resources for you to use to help spread awareness. These might be useful if you want to know why the British Wild Hedgehogs need help. You might also like to view our download page for posters, flyers, reports, and guides on British Wild Hedgehogs.




Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary (http://www.hwhs.org.uk)

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