We really like hedgehogs and lots of our visitors do too. We know they visit the garden because we have seen their droppings, especially in April and May 2016. The photo is just from Wikipedia.
- We have had to rescue three hedgehogs found in the garden during the day. The first had been badly injured and didn't make it, the second was nursed over the winter and released at Hauxton (nearby village) and the third one is undergoing treatment at the moment (November 2017) - see photo above. If you see a hedgehog during daylight hours, it usually needs rescuing - see Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital. We have given donations each time one of our hedgehogs needs rescuing.
What we have done/aim to do to encourage hedgehogs:
- We won't use metaldehyde slug pellets. We have bought some organic slug pellets to use very sparingly with plants that are particularly delicious to slugs. Just while they are very young.
- We planted another native hedge in early Spring 2015.
- In January 2016, we made a conifer-trunk woodpile in the dark shade and another conifer-free woodpile under some tree cover but less damp and dark.
- We have also made two slow rot bins, which should be good habitats for their food.
- We made a hedgehog house for the garden but labelled it up as a cafe and put it by the path. We got quite excited when the water and food disappeared so re-filled it. On our next visit, we found the food and water had gone but it was also full of mouse droppings. We think they were having a bit of a party. Now we will try the house it as a hedgehog sleeping zone with some dry leaves and without food (at least for a while).
- We have some very twiggy compost bins that don't get disturbed and hope the hedgehogs will be able to get into them.
- Our new nature pond has gentle slopes with gravel and flat stones to allow hedgehogs to drink safely.
See the new CambridgeWild webpage for useful links.
Last updated: 22 January 2018