Help The Hedgehogs

maximus otter

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FTMB members may be aware that my missus and I do a little bit to help Britain's hedgehogs. Their numbers have crashed over recent decades, down 66% in only the last 20 years.

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Piggies are currently trying to fatten up in order to survive winter. If they don't make 500 grams, they'll die. You can help.

The gold standard would be to buy yourself a "hogitat" as an early Christmas present. They're readily available from Amazon for anywhere from just £20 to "the sky's the limit".

You can also make a simple piggy feeding station out of a plastic storage box from your local High Street cheapo outlet. Instructions here.

If nothing else, simply put out some hedgehog biscuits in a disposable takeaway tray or saucer, together with some clean tap water. The biscuits can also be ordered from Amazon here.

Don't put out bread and milk, it's an old wives' tale. It's actively harmful to piggies.

Even though you think your garden has no 'hogs, either try installing a feeder or buy one for someone else.

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Doing nothing won't help; doing something may save what is rapidly becoming an endangered species.

Lots of useful info and contacts at the Hedgehog Preservation Society and St. Tiggywinkles.

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I'd just like to add, please ensure that there is a hole in your garden fence to allow them to travel freely from garden to garden. Lack of access to food sources and being forced to use roads to circumvent areas is a major killer.

If anyone has a body of water in their garden (even a bucket of water counts) please add a ramp or ladder to allow them to safely exit if they fall in, saving the babies from drowning.

As for food, they enjoy wet cat food and cat biscuits but you must avoid giving them any with fish in it.
Mealworms have lately proven to be detrimental to their health and must be avoided.
They drink a lot of water, especially if given dry food, so ensure that you leave a fresh bowl out nightly.
 

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Now that the cold weather is coming, it’s time to renew this message: Please do a bit to help our hedgehogs.

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lt can be as little as a saucer of clean water and a few Tesco kitten biscuits in a tray; or you can go a bit further and spend a few pounds on improvising a feeder:


The gold standard might be to ask Santa for one of the many hedgehog habitats available at a range of prices from Amazon.

Please help in some way to reverse the awful decline in piggy numbers in the UK. When l was young there were thirty million; that population has crashed to below one million.

Further info and help:

https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

https://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/

Thank you!

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I think the hedgehog is preparing to hibernate. The videos had shown hay and leaves being taken into the hedgehog house two or three weeks ago. It only came in once last night. The number of visits has been reducing over recent nights and some food was being left in the dishes. I leave two pouches of cat food for the hedgehog(s) each night. Last night only one pouch of cat food was eaten, so the herring gulls can have the rest.
It was around mid-December when the hedgehogs stopped visiting last year.

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Think your right our last visit was 2 days ago and they tend to be from the one
that sleeps in the hedgehog pub a quick feed and back to bed.
 

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Didn't take these two long to start falling out, they don't seem to
hurt each other just push and shove, a bit like the best bar fights really.
 
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