The cold snap has seen a spike in the number hedgehogs being abandoned by their parents – with one rescue centre caring for 138 babies.
Recent chilly weather has caused adult hedgehogs to go into hibernation, leaving their babies to fend for themselves when they are not yet strong enough.
Prickles Hedgehog Rescue in Cheddar, Somerset, has been taking in an average of 11 every day for the last few weeks.
They anticipate the influx will continue until November – and could leave them with more than 180 baby hedgehogs.
Prickles founder Jules Bishop said: “The cold spell has really caught the little ones out as the mums are choosing to hibernate leaving the babies to fend for themselves.
“Prickles is admitting an average of 11 a day and the smallest is 106 grams, we are currently caring for 138.”
Hedgehogs normally have two litters a year from May to October. They can have up to six in a litter but the babies are not independent until they are six weeks old.
By this time they normally weigh up to 350 grams, while the safe weight for hibernation is 650 grams.
The charity has now put out an appeal as it is in desperate need of help.
Jules added: “With the high number of hedgehogs in our care we require volunteers aged 14 plus to clean out and feed the hedgehogs.
“We are desperate for cat meat, biscuits and their favourite food is dried mealworms”.
Hedgehog rescue centres across the country are also seeing an influx of baby hedgehogs abandoned by their mothers during the cold.
Hedgehog Bottom in Thatcham, West Berkshire, Vale Wildlife Rescue centre in Tewkesbury, Glos., and Caddington Hedgehogs in Boston, Lincs., have all seen dramatic rises over the last month.
People who spot an underweight hedgehog can pick it up with a towel and place it in a box.
For further information or to donate visit www.prickleshedgehogrescue.