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Emma Crawforth

I've just been reading about hedgehogs. Apparently surveys show that hedgehog populations have dropped by almost 50% over the past 25 years. One of the things you can do to help them is to leave a small gap in your garden boundary so they can move around their territory. It only needs to be 15cm high. Has anybody been making changes to their garden to help hedgehog populations?

Neil Young

I have been leaving cat food out every night and I have made two holes at the bottom of my fence also my back gate has been raised so they can get under it too..

Also the biggest hog killer is garden ponds, and  slug pellets..

so make sure the little fellas can get out your ponds and dont use slug pellets at all..

I've made a house for my hogs (as I had a family living in my garden last year) but they still nested under my shed, their always find their own little house as they are quite resourceful little monsters!!! Also they have a pebble edge in case they fall in my pond as the baby hogs seem 2 b drawn to water.


My pond has a beach area and a very gradual incline.  The hedgepigs tend to like snuffling round under my bird-feeder though I have put a home-made food out before - it was eaten but I'm not sure whether it was the pigs or rats (eek).  Haven't used slug pellets for over 20 years and since I turned my patch over to totally wildlife-friendly, I haven't had much problem with slugs at all....I do put copper tape round my hosta pots though.

Kate Bradbury

Hi all, you can help the experts monitor hedgehog populations by taking part in their hiberntion survey. find our more here.



I have 2 hedgehogs at home named Sonic and Knuckles and they are just nice.  I actually though it breeding them but kind of not worked well as the female hedgehog was not really open that much to the idea.

I just cage them on a usual cage and that is about it. Though a little bigger compared to what I see on normal stores and some breeding farms.

They're Back!!!!! Ist sighting last night of my first baby hog of the year, Put some food out but he looks of a healthy weight (from a distance), don't want to get to close, I'm so pleased my wildlife approach to my garden must be working . Yipee...

Porridge Oats mixed with a little veg oil is good for them also.

You can purchase or make a hog box.

Lisa  Appleby

Can anyone advise, we took in a very small hog at the start of the winter last year and he has spent the winter hibernating in the garage, he came too fully about 3 weeks ago so we have made him a run in the garage.  When should we release him/her until 2 days ago we was still getting freezing conditions I dont want to release him too early but dont want to keep him locked up either.  He is a good weight and clears his bowl of cat food everynight plus hedge food sprinkled on top every night

Alina W

As far as I know you should release him now - late frosts don't matter, they can cope with them.

hollie hock

Hello Dave Harris, great video. I don't have any hedgehogs in my garden, but love them

Kate Bradbury

Hi Lisa - great work! I would release him now but keep leaving food and water out at night for him in case he wants it.



My son got instructions from the internet and  made me a hedgehog house for Christmas  We have put it where we know a hedgehog hibernated last year - do you think we have done the right thing,please?Do hedgehogs actually use them?

Pam x


Hey Hollie, thank you, i think my next project must be an automated feeder as i keep forgetting to feed ours maybe one for me for over the summer!

We have a field mouse coming in regularly, the other day i had almost 2 hours of footage at bout 3am, the field mouse would come in, look around, go to the food bowl and then run out, then a minute later do it all again, and this repeated for the whole duration. I couldnt work out why he was doing this until i went to replace the food. I took the lid off and found that above the "anti cat shelf" that i had installed, the mouse had be climbing up and storing his own stash of food, where he knew the hedgeghog wouldnt be able to fit and get it. The sneaky mouse had been stealing all hedgy's food, very crafty!!!

Lily, when I initially put or hog house "live" it took about a month for the first visitor to arrive. I used cat food, fresh water and put lots of twigs and leaves in it to make it more "authentic", I also put some food in and around the entrance to the house to attract a hog!

Lisa  Appleby

Thanks for the info on releasing my hedge but my next question is we fouind him 20 mins away from home and this is where I would like to release him back to, but I wont be able to leave out food?  And should I wait till this awlful rain has passed as the ground is saturated up here (Glenlivet Scotland)

Kate Bradbury

Hi Lisa, how much does it weigh? I've checked on the British Hedgehog Preservation website, and it says the minimum weight a hedgehog should be prior to hibernation is 450g (1lb), but that many carers like to get theirs up to a weight of 600g (1lb 6oz) before releasing them. So it follows that if they can survive a winter of hibernation at this weight, they can survive a wet spring, where there will be plenty of food for them. It's mating season for them now so, if it is a good weight, I would release it.


Lisa  Appleby

Thanks fo rthat kate we are releasing him tomorrow night once the snow turns to rain he is well over 600g so he has the best chance he can, a hearty meal tonight and before he goes tomorrow should at least give him a very fall stomach.


I love the hedgehogs and enjoy seeing them in the garden, the unfortunate thing is that they are one of the favourite foods of badgers. So if you have a badger sett nearby, you may well notice less hedgehogs in your garden. Badgers are also responsible for digging up Bumble bee nests and destroying them.