We could not just leave the abandoned baby so I rang a local dog rescue service to ask if they knew what to do or where I could ring for help. They gave me the phone number of a local hedgehog rescue.I didn't even know we had one!
I rang them and they were very helpful, quickly assessing through a series of questions that we did need to take action and now.
This is what they told me
Prepare a box - like a shoe box with a soft lining like a towel and another towel or blanket to cover the baby.
Fill a hot water bottle or a empty plastic milk bottle with warm water. The water should be warm enough so that you can put it directly on your own skin with out feeling too hot or burning. Place the hot water bottle in the shoebox covering it with a towel and allowing enough room so the baby can move away from the heat if it wants to.
Wear oven gloves and pick up the baby. Even though a baby he still has spines that are sharp!
Put the baby in the shoebox and bring him as quickly as possible to the rescue.
They said judging form the size of the baby and the time of year that there was no point us trying to get him to drink or eat as he would not yet be weaned from his mum and may distress him further.
It was a mercy dash to the rescue! I was so afraid he would die on the way but he didn't. In fact as soon as I picked him up he stopped crying and then snuggled up to me and then once in the shoebox cuddled up tot he hot water bottle and went to sleep.
I have never been so close to a wild hedgehog, it was amazing.
When we got to the rescue she had already fifty baby hedgehogs there but ours was by far the smallest. They thought he was three weeks old. She put him in a heated box with coverings and prepared special milk for him.
A baby this size requires special care and MUST be looked after by an experienced rescue centre .
However he was in good health and had probably only been without mum for a day and was not invested with fleas or anything so he had a good chance.