Your garden might be the perfect place for a hedgehog – prickly, but friendly visitors to our streets and gardens. Hedgehogs can be really helpful in the garden, eating slugs and other creepy crawlies.
There aren’t as many hedgehogs as there used to be. By thinking about hedgehogs in our garden, we can help them. They are busy getting ready to sleep for the winter (hibernation). Here’s a few things you can do.
If you celebrate Hallowe’en or bonfire night with a bonfire, check underneath before lighting them.
Hedgehogs love to build nests under piles of leaves and twigs – and a bonfire looks to them like the perfect place! Build your bonfire the day you burn it to avoid hurting them.
Joining our gardens
Hedgehogs walk about 1 or 2km at night. They sometimes move during hibernation, especially when the weather is a bit warmer. A small hole (about 13cm by 13cm) in your garden wall or fence will let hedgehogs through, but be too small for most pets.
Food and water
We love to feed the birds. How about feeding hedgehogs? They’ll enjoy a supplement to their natural diet. Cat or dog food (the meaty kind), hedgehog food, meal worms and chopped, unsalted peanuts are all good. Hedgehogs should only be given water to drink, not milk!
Adapted from information found on Hedgehog Street.