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Hedgehogs In Spring: What to Expect and How to Help

Our hedgehogs may have had a quiet time during winter hibernation, but they make up for it with a very busy few months during the spring. Just getting out of bed (or rousing from hibernation) is a huge effort. Then comes the mating season and nest building. It’s all going on in the wonderful world of hedgehogs in the spring, and there is plenty we can do to help hedgehogs in spring. 

The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2022 | Some Good News For Our Hogs

We know our hedgehogs are in trouble with numbers across the UK in sharp decline. This year’s State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report confirms that. But it also shows some good news for hedgehogs. In our towns and cities, hedgehog numbers are no longer falling and may finally be on the increase. And that’s down to the love and care given by all those people who help hedgehogs in the garden.

How To Set Up Your Hedgehog House For Hibernation

Hedgehogs traditionally hibernate in places like mature tree roots, old rabbit holes and the bases of established hedges. There aren’t too many of these habitats to be found in many of our gardens. So it’s good to provide a hedgehog house as an alternative hibernation home for our local hogs. Let’s take a look at how to set up your hedgehog house for hibernation.

Does Rescuing Hedgehogs Work? Can Released Hogs Survive and Thrive in the Wild?

Thousands of sick, injured and underweight hedgehogs are rescued in the UK every year. Rescue can save a hog from death or suffering. Once nursed back to health, or just fattened up, most hedgehogs will be released back into the wild. But can these hedgehogs go on to lead successful lives in the wild? Does rescuing hedgehogs work? The good news is that, surprisingly often, yes they can.

Hedgehogs and Dogs | Can Both Be Safe in Your Garden?

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.

Hedgehogs In Summer – What To Expect and How To Help

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.

Hedgehog Spines: Everything you Need To Know About Hedgehogs’ Amazing Prickles

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!

Do Badgers Eat Hedgehogs? Do They Threaten Hedgehog Survival?

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.

Wildlife Friendly Slug Pellets – Do They Exist?

Traditional slug pellets, made using metaldehyde are now banned from manufacture in the UK and you’ll be committing a crime if you use any old ones in your garden after March 2022. Most of the slug pellets now for sale in the UK use iron or Ferric Phosphate as their active slug killing ingredient. They are often labelled as organic, but are they really wildlife friendly slug pellets, and safe to use around pets and children?