Posted: 03/07/2016 at 16:46
I'm glad I caught your above post re fruit and hedgehogs.
It's only recently ( the last couple of months ) that I have been putting out food for the 2 or 3 Hhogs which suddenly came into my garden. I became aware that they were visiting when I kept seeing faeces around the bird feeder areas.
I made up my own recipe but followed recommendations. I used chopped peanuts, sunflower hearts, dried mealworms AND sultanas. Now horrified to see what you are saying about the use of fruit. Not horrified with you I hasten to add.......you are obviously on the sticky end of things so to speak.
However, I've just checked in C J Wildlife's catalogue ( which was one of the "diets" I looked up before I started feeding.
I quote below what the offer as "Hedgehog Food..........
"Similar to a HHog's natural diet, this recipe has been trialed by the British Hhog Preservation Soc and includes kibbled pnuts., sunflower hearts, dried mealworms, oats, suet, sultanas and dried blackberries. As the food contains dried ingredients, be sure to put out fresh water as well "
The 2nd item in the same catalogue is classed as a Hedgehog Delicacy ......too long to quote but does include raisins.
Strikes me as a case of crossed wires somewhere along the line and quite worrying if we ( the general public ) are doing wrong whilst trying to do right.
I correspond with someone in Jersey who has been involved with Hedgehog preservation for a number of years and will be asking her about this.
Sorry for the length of the post but I'll be pleased to know your response.
I'm knocking the sultanas on the head as from now.......I'll get thru them myself I suppose - eventually