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Hedgehogs

A hedgehog in the wildThese prickly little creatures are nocturnal and can be found in gardens all over the country. A compost heap or pile of leaves makes a comfy hiding place for a hedgehog, especially between November and March when they hibernate, so be careful when clearing your garden during this period.

 

Diet

  • Slugs
  • Earthworms
  • Beetles

At PAWS we stock Spikes Hedgehog food which is recommended by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

 

How to attract hedgehogs into your garden

Some people like to leave out milk and bread for hedgehogs, but this can make them ill. Provide a saucer of water and hedgehog food, as this is much more digestible for them. Avoid feeding hedgehogs with dog or cat food as only a few, specific types are suitable food for hedgehogs.

 

As hedgehogs are now on the endangered species list, the provision of food and water, as well as good sheltering places, are even more important to help prevent their decline.