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Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 20:47

Great news Tim, at last you know hes had a feast before he goes off on his travels. Do you have any hogboxes in the garden for them to possibly hibernate in? I have 2 at the moment, 1 is in regular use and the other has only been in situ for a couple of weeks so fingers crossed it will be "discovered" soon.

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 20:29

Aww well done. Im sure he will be out having supper very soon. ive already had 3 hoggies at my feed stations tonight. Im sure he will give your pond a wide berth for the next few night lol.


Posted: 16/09/2012 at 18:17

I had to rescue a little frog from the drain where my downpipe is today. I thought i heard a few "plop" noises last night but put it down to the pond. On hearing it today i removed the 2 covers to find a frog unable to get out. I have placed him in the shallows of my pond and have now placed both covers back and a pile of stones on top so hopefully he wont go down again.

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 18:13

I help at a hedgehog rescue, if the hoggy seems ok now you have warmed him up then please release him tonight. If you can find a quite area under a shrub to let him go that is great. Place a shallow bowl of water and some meat flavour cat/dog food out for him too as he may well be very hun gry after his ordeal.


Posted: 15/09/2012 at 20:46

I have at least 2 frogs living in my pond area. Also have a cat who just sits and watches them come out at night, if they stay still she just nudges them with her paw to make them move but shes never actually chased one or caught one so fingers crossed shes hapy just watching. A mouse however is a different story .........


Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 15:36

Remember to keep putting out food and water for the hedgehogs. There will be a lot of Autumn juveniles about now who need to put on adequate body weight to survive hibernation. Meat flavour cat/dog food and water NOT milk will encourage the hoggies into your garden, providing you have a way of them getting in/out. If local cats are an issue try placing the food under a slightly raised paving slab or piece of wood. It needs to be approx 5" high so hoggies can reach it but the cats cant. Alternatively create a feeding station out of an upturned plastic box with a small opening cut out (remove or cover sharp edges). Remember if you see a hog out in daylight its is more than likely in need of help. Survival will depend on it getting the correct help so please contact British Hedgehog society who can put you in touch with the nearest carer.


Posted: 10/09/2012 at 20:05

I too have discovered newts in my garden as i was doing work. I ended up sort of working round them....and unfinished area around my pond and a patch of wild long grass in a corner was  the result but I can live with it knowing little creatures are living there. I did have to pick one up and gently place it behind some plants/stones as it was in such an awkward place and my cat was present when i uncovered it accidently. Heres a pic of one near my pond area



Posted: 10/09/2012 at 19:47

Heres a pic of one of the newts living in the garden near my pond area



Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 20:59

Hi FloBear, if you make sure there is a wayin/out of your garden and leave food and water out regularly you will probably have the pleasure of seeing Blue Boy back in your garden again. Most hoggies prefer NOT to eat slugs/snails and prefer beatles etc instead. Slugs can cause lungworm (i found a hog in may garden during the day yesterday and a visit to the recue confirmed lungworm and she is now on a course of treatment)

Its surprising how small a gap they can squeeze through, i have several gaps in my fence-some quite large but i'm still amazed when i see one squeeze under the panels or between the slats.

There will be many Autumn juveniles looking to fatten up before they hibernate so this time is crucial for supplementary feeding. Any hog under 500g is unlikely to survive the winter and may need to be overwintered with a fosterer and then released again once the weather improves.

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 16:52

FloBear, are the rescue hogs you released into the secured garden unable to survive in the wild? I help at a hedgehog rescue and where possible all rescued hogs get released back into the wild by means of volunteer gardens. They are free to come and go as they like.

Obviously there are some hogs who due to health issues (amputated legs, blind etc) need to be released into an enclosed garden where they are provided with ample food and water and housing.  

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