How To Look After A Hedgehog This Winter
Autumn not only brings cosy jumpers and the promise of a pumpkin spice latte but hedgehog activity spikes.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals so there is a chance you’ll see more in the autumn months.
Hedgehogs have been at serious decline in England over the past few years. They are a protected species and to find out how to help you can go to the British hedgehog preservation society.
Hedgehogs love nesting in log piles. So If you do plan on having a bonfire then make sure you check for any nesting within the wood on the day of lighting the bonfire. You can check when placing Firemizer or using Firebuilder!
Food and Drink
Did you know cat or dog food is a great supplementary food for hedgehogs? The only liquid given to hedgehogs should be water.
They usually hibernate in November to easter but it is dependent on weather. They usually wake up a few times throughout winter and build a new nest.
Always check the area before streaming for hedgehogs and accidents from this are mostly fatal. As well do check for hoglets as there could be a nest nearby.
Using old and decaying wood to create a pile will bring about insects but all a safe place for hedgehogs to nest and hibernate.
Hedgehogs love water if you have a pond allow an easy exit route such as a ramp to climb out or make sure the pond has a gentle slope.
Try not to use toxic chemicals or slug pellets in your garden as this will not only reduce the number of insects available to hedgehogs it might make them ill or kill them.
Hedgehogs that are warm t touch will be sleeping whilst hibernating they will be colder. As in hibernation, they reduce their body temperature to conserve energy.
The biggest threat to these creatures is habitat loss. Land that’s being used for construction and roads once would have been a perfect place for hedgehogs. It is important to make our gardens safe places for these creatures.