What do you know about hedgehogs?

What do you know about hedgehogs?

Spiky, prickly and cute!

Have you ever seen a hedgehog? They're very spiky. You can see them nearly everywhere in Britain, even in cities.

Hedgehogs are one of my favourite animals to see in Britain. Have a look at this video to see why they're great!

Sadly, hedgehogs could be threatened by climate change. Hedgehogs hibernate (stay in a deep sleep) over winter. Warmer weather can cause hedgehogs to delay going into hibernation, or cause them to wake up too early.

Hedgehog Street are asking for you to help hedgehogs. Go to Hedgehog Street Hedgehog Survey to find out more.


Help hedgehogs on Hedgehog Street!

Top five hedgehog facts:

  • Hedgehogs are the only British mammal with spines.
  • A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet.
  • Hedgehogs are resistant to adder venom. This means that hedgehogs can chow down on a tasty meal of adders.
  • Hedgehogs cover their spines in frothy spit. Nobody knows why!
  • There are lots of different species of hedgehog. In Britain you can see the European hedgehog. One of my favourites is the desert hedgehog. It has huge ears!

What do you know about hedgehogs? Try our quiz and find out!

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Curriculum information

  • Summary

    There is a wide variety of life that can be observed in and around the school grounds. You may even be lucky enough to have hedgehogs. Watch the video clip and take the quiz to find out more about these prickly creatures and how they live. Then help the Hedgehog Street survey.

    Curriculum key wordsOther web links
    • Adaptation
    • Variety of life
    • Living things
    Colourful and informative posters on habitats and living things
    Great images of a variety of animals
    Colour in a hedgehog and find out lots more at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
    Science Curriculum Links
    National CurriculumCurriculum for excellenceNorthern Ireland Curriculum
    Identify and group living things (KS1 and 2 Sc2.4.b). Variation and classification (KS1 Sc2.4a,b and KS2 Sc2.5b,c)Observe living things in the environment (SCN 0-01a). Identify, group and classify living things (SCN 1-01a and 2-01a).Wide variety of living things in the locality (Strand1: Interdependence).