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Hedgehogs

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 16:21

The majority of hedgehog rescues will encourage you to supply fresh  water and food at all times. Even when a hedgehog has started to hibernate (and they dont all do this) they can wake periodically and waste valuable energy looking for food. I tend to stop putting cat food out once i notice the lack of visitors but i then put dry cat biscuits out instead as these can be left for a couple of days if uneaten.....i then trow them on the lawn for the birds to finish off.  

wildlife pond, with a cat...

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 19:10

I dug a pond in my garden last year and its well worth doing. My cat (and several who pass thru) very often drink from the pond as do birds etc. Just make sure there is a shallow edge either all round or as i have done, at one end so that should any small

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mammal(such as hedgehogs)  fall in they can get out again. I am still working on the plantimg around my pond but as you can see it has plenty of lush planting for frogs  etc to hide. I recently watched 3 newts swimming late at night (breeding season) which was fantastic

The mystery of the disappearing hedgehogs

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 22:17

Hi Lunarz, even if you think the hoggies are no longer visiting please keep putting out food & water. This time of year there are Autumn juveniles who need to gain sufficient weight in order to hibernate properly and survive. They need to be approx 650g. Some hoggies will possibly start hibernating around now but many will wake throughout the course of winter and will need to find food easily. Dry cat biscuits, chopped peanuts, sunflower hearts, mealworms etc rather than meat as this will stay fresher for longer, also ensure the watererbowl doesnt freeze over.

As  Alina says, the family will no doubt have split up by now as hoggies are solitary creatures. Try leaving an area of your garden wild and provide twigs, straw etc for them and they could very well use the area to hibernate.

I currently have 3 hogboxes in my garden, 2 have had a hoggy in for the last few weeks and the 3rd will no doubt be discovered soon as it has only been in situ for a couple of days.

On another note, if you are building a bonfire, please either build it during the day it will be lit, or ensure you can check inside before lighting as this is an attractive site for hoggies to sleep and many hoggies die each year this way

 

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 21:38

Daintiness, if you have a fox visiting your garden the best way to protect the feedstation is by creating something only a hoggy can access. If you site it alongside your fence as this is the common route for hoggies to take when they venture into your garden. Have it so that it faces the fence with a small gap of aprox 5" between the entrance and the fence. In addition, place something heavy on the top to stop it being upturned.

A good solid idea is to use 4 bricks as a support for a small paving stone, the bricks are the ideal height to deter cats etc from reaching under it yet the gap is big enough for hoggies. The only issue is that you will need to lift the flag daily to replace the food and clean any leftovers.

Also remember to include a supply of fresh drinking water (this doesnt need to go in the feedstation).

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 21:27

Hi Guys, the hoggy visitors very rarely eat the slugs in my garden, they prefer the insects and worms. I had a rescue hog recently who was suffering with lungworm after eating slugs which is why i prefer to put food out for them.

The feedbox at the side of my hogbox does usually have a piece of broken paving slab on the top to keep it weighted down, as such i have not had any incidents of it being disturbed or upturned by a fox.

Im very lucky to have a wild hoggy population on common land at the back of my house which is why i get so many visiting There are several areas along my fence where the soil has been moved to create a gap so they can enter/exit as they wish, plus i have a hole cut in a corner where my cat likes to go out exploring.

 I currently have 3 juveniles who are in hutches in my shed, these were rescued at a very young age and i am fostering them until they reach 650g (ideal weight pre hibernation). One called Luna is ready for release as soon as we get a break in the wet weather, there will be another homemade hogbox ready for her when she goes so she can choose to stay or go  

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 16:52

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Not quite a wildlife photo, but a picture of a homemade hogbox and feed station i have next to my shed. This is currently occupied by a very lucky hoggy. I have another box sited elsewhere in the garden which is also currently occupied

They know a good deal when they find it, warm, dry, and food on order lol

 

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 16:48

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This was Maude when she was being checked over prior to being relseased

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 16:47

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This is Bilbo, another regular visitor

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 16:46

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This is Bert when he was released back into the garden

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 16:44

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Meet Frodo a little hoggy visitor to my garden

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