Posted: 22/02/2014 at 16:18
Well, what happened was that we were digging the ivy roots out of the shady bank in our new garden, and Hefty was more or less tipped out of his nest - OH thought he'd trodden on him but he hadn't - I rushed and got the box and put some old tee shirts etc in to provide some sort of insulation, then picked Hefty up and popped him in and then putt the moss/grass/leaves in on top of him, then tipped it onto it's side and put it in a quiet corner with the opening facing into the fence but about 6" away from it - and we fixed a sheet of rigid plastic over the top like a lean-to as we weren't sure if we'd chosen a good spot or not, not being hedgehogs ourselves. I wanted to make sure that snow and rain didn't get in.
OH was very sceptical about Hefty's chance of survival as he was sure he'd hurt him, but some months later in late spring, the box was empty and we started to see Hefty in the garden in the late evenings - OH was so relieved - we buy hedgehog food from the GC and put it in sheltered spots and he and other hedgehogs seem to enjoy it - and they also drink from the shallow dish of clean rainwater that I put out every evening.
Now I know our hedgehogs' tastes better I mix the hedgehog food with chopped peanuts, sultanas, sunflower seeds, dried mealworms and chopped up banana chips ,
Here is a picture of the Hedgehog Gate we made into the next garden ....