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Hedgehogs




Hedgehogs are not pets as such, but they are delightful little creatures that you can often see at dusk during the spring and summer months when they come out of  their nests hunting for food in your garden.

Did you know that 25% of hedgehogs do not survive from one year to the next due to many things like road kill, bonfires, slug pellets, poisonous pesticides and late born hoglets not reaching the minimum 450g safe winter weight?  

The hedgehog is well known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ because it eats slugs, beetles, caterpillars etc., and does no harm, so if you have a garden a hedgehog should be encouraged. They should not be kept in close captivity, but regarded as welcome visitors.

Hedgehogs tend to hibernate between November and mid March and may choose the stack of leaves or branches in your garden. For this reason if you have to get rid of such material move it to a different spot before setting fire to it - a hedgehog may be sheltering or hibernating in it. They like to nest under things such as sheds, hedges and brushwood and they need plenty of dry leaves to build their nest.

During the colder autumn & winter months they do hibernate and our hedgehog houses can offer them a warm cosy place to sleep in.  Take a look at our hedgehog habitats and help provide a cosy home for your little visitors.

Please help to provide a safer nesting environment for these vulnerable little creatures.