Being extra kind to hedgehogs

We carefully moved the hedgehog into a bucket and later gave it some water and hedgehog food (see video below). The hog stayed curled up for quite some time - they have very big feet!

We carefully moved the hedgehog into a bucket and later gave it some water and hedgehog food (see video below). The hog stayed curled up for quite some time - they have very big feet!

For the second time in a month, we have found a young hedgehog in the garden at lunchtime.

This time, we hope there will be a happy ending.

He or she just had LOTS of fleas and was too small to survive the winter hibernation - the local hedgehog hospital will fatten him/her up and then release him/her again.



Our hedgehog cafe, which is the same design as a hedgehog house but has a hinged lid so we can put food and water inside without dogs and cats eating it. Louise is our top hedgehog fan...

Our hedgehog cafe, which is the same design as a hedgehog house but has a hinged lid so we can put food and water inside without dogs and cats eating it. Louise is our top hedgehog fan...

We have also installed our hedgehog cafe, after a year of talking about it. We have enough wood to make a house too but will hide that in a hedge away from dogs and small children.

Update on 12 December: we were excited that the food and water disappeared so put even more fresh food in it. Then next time we checked, all the food had gone but there were lots of mouse droppings inside the cafe. I think we were feeding the local mouse population instead of hedgehogs. We have retired the cafe for a while, moved it to behind a tree and will aim to attract hibernating hogs instead. 


At the weekend, we had some fantastic help from Josh, Alex and Emma, collecting tree leaves for our leaf bin. Hedgehogs like piles of leaves (and we will have more than enough in the hedges) but they also make good leaf mould for the garden.