I have had this chap visit my back garden over the last few nights. It was wonderful to see, especially as hedgehog numbers are declining in garden sightings.
Below are some do’s and dont’s I found to help encourage these delightful little creatures.
- Do leave some areas of wilderness where the hedgehogs can snuffle for insects.
- Do put out water for drinking.
- Do put out a bowl of dog food or meaty cat food around dusk.
- Do install, in a quiet part of the garden, a hedgehog house.
- Do look to see if your hedgehog is limping or appears to be injured, or in late Autumn look out for underweight hedgehogs
- Don’t put out bread and milk
- Don’t pick up fit hedgehogs
- Don’t leave black sacks lying around.
- Don’t use slug pellets or other chemicals, they may poison hedgehogs and other animals.
- Don’t light a bonfire without checking to see if a hedgehog or other wild animal has moved in.
- Don’t fork over compost heaps in case hedgehogs or other animals have taken up residence.
- Don’t spray hedgehogs with dog or cat flea sprays. It will be detrimental to the hedgehog.
If you do find a hedgehog in your garden or local area, you can log your findings at :
Assistant Ranger Matt