Facts about the Hedgehog
Basic information on how these garden friendly creatures live
Where do Hedgehogs live?
Their only more permanent home is where they hibernate through winter.
In Spring, Summer and Autumn they will make more temporary nests seldom making anywhere permanent.
What do they eat?
They will survive on many things around fields and gardens, mainly Slugs, Snails, Beetles, worms and fallen bird eggs.
Should you wish to attract them to your Garden hoping they make your home a winter residence, a bowl of Meat only Cat or Dog Food goes down a treat.
Without any treat food they will wander up to a mile or more every night searching for food, even swimming accross Streams to get their daily quota.
Early to mid November through to mid March.
After Hibernation, from early April, the mating season begins but the busy time is more in May when the days and nights are warmer.
Gestation is around 32 days and each litter averages at around five. One in five babies die whilst still in the nest.
Hedgehogs are born with their spines under their skin. They are blind at first but vision comes at 2 weeks.
After five weeks the young ones will leave the nest to fend for themselves.
To see a Hedgehog during the daytime usually spells something is wrong, especially if they do not try to run away.
You can sometimes find young ones born late in the season close to hibernation time. If they are small the chances of surviving are slim, they haven't built up enough fat for the Winter.
You can also ring the British Hedgehog Preservation Society who can answer any questions and give you details of places to go near your location.
As said, Hedgehogs are in danger of becoming extinct in the UK., they are friendly, helpful creatures who serve a purpose in the wonderful chain of nature.
Their future is in our hands!