For most of the hedgehogs in our gardens preparing to hibernate is the focus of their activity over the autumn months. Hibernation is a crucial but dangerous part of the hedgehog year. And what happens in autumn is critical in determining whether our hogs make it through to next spring. So this week we’re looking at how to help hedgehogs in autumn.
Of course, every creature on the planet is special (yes, even slugs!) and deserves the right to live out its life as nature intended. Hedgehogs are in decline and need our help. But lots of other wildlife is in the same situation. So why do the hedgehogs in our gardens get so much attention? Why are hedgehogs important? Here are just a few good reasons.
We get questions from a lot of people worried about whether their dog might attack hedgehogs in the garden. Others worry about hedgehogs hurting the dog – or passing on parasites or diseases. So will hedgehogs and dogs be safe together in the garden? Although there are exceptions, as a general rule the two should be able to safely share the same space.
Summer is the time of year when you are most likely to actually see hedgehogs in your garden. Though they are nocturnal creatures, nights are so short in the summer months and hedgehogs have so much to do, that it’s not unusual to spot a healthy hedgehog out and about in the daylight. In this article, we are going to look at how to help hedgehogs in summer, what they might be doing and what challenges they face at this time of year.
Hedgehogs are the UK’s only native species of spiny mammal and their prickles are a unique and formidable defensive mechanism. But there’s more to hedgehog spines than just armour. From buoyancy aids to shock absorbers. There are a whole host of fascinating answers to the question of why do hedgehogs have spines!
Yes, badgers do eat hedgehogs. Badgers are the hedgehog’s main predator in the UK and whilst hedgehog numbers are in drastic decline badger numbers have doubled since the 1980s. Early studies have shown that where badgers are culled hedgehog numbers bounce back remarkably. Yet the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is clear that badgers aren’t to blame for the plight of our hedgehogs.
There is a whole range of proprietary hedgehog foods on the market, some rescuers swear by cat food, and you can even find recipes for homemade hedgehog food on the internet. So what is the best thing to feed hedgehogs in your garden? And What foods do more harm than good?
Hedgehogs will certainly eat eggs and even small birds if they get the chance. But hedgehogs do not pose a threat to the ground-nesting birds found in the UK mainland. Put hedgehogs in other situations, though, and they can become a real menace to the bird population.
Baby hedgehogs, called Hoglets, are born in the UK in June and July. A second litter may be born in September or October. They are usually 4 or 5 hoglets in a litter. Newborn hoglets are blind and tiny, weighing just 25 grams. When they are born, baby hedgehogs have no visible spines. Baby Hedgehogs […]
Your average hedgehog might not look like a natural athlete, but they are full of surprises. They climb, they run, and yes, they swim. The garden pond can be a great resource for neighbourhood hogs, but it can be a death trap too. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedgehogs aquatic abilities and how you can make sure your pond is a safe place for them to swim.