An Amur (or Siberian) tiger cub, the first to be found in the wild in...
- British Wildlife
- Wildlife Gardens
- The Magazine
Make your garden more hedgehog friendly with these handy hints.
1. DON’T BE TOO TIDY
Leave undisturbed areas where hedgehogs can forage and shelter.
2. CREATE A COMPOST HEAP
Hedgehogs love the warmth and security – and food.
3. PROVIDE SHELTER
Simply lean a piece of wood against a wall or build a hibernation box.
4. AVOID PESTICIDES AND CHEMICALS
These eliminate key prey species for hedgehogs.
5. TAKE CARE
Watch out for nesting hedgehogs when using lawnmowers and strimmers.
HOW TO SEE A HEDGEHOG
You don’t necessarily need a garden to see a hedgehog – just a bit of patience and the ability to sit quietly and listen.
Locate a suitable habitat
If you’ve a hedgehog-friendly garden, sit out on a warm evening, with a glass of something nice, and wait. Otherwise, find a junction of hedges on a small farm or a field on the edge of a deciduous woodland. Sit quietly and wait.
Shut your eyes and listen
Hedgehogs rely mainly on smell to locate prey, and make a highly distinctive snuffling noise when foraging.
If you are out and about in late spring/early summer, you might get to see or hear one of the wonders of British wildlife – hedgehog courtship. The male and female shuffle around in circles, snorting explosively, until the female finally relents and allows the male to mate with her.
Did you know?
To find out more information about hedgehogs visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society here.
To join in the Hogwatch survey visit here.
Find out how to feed mammals in your garden here.
Discover how to identify bird and mammal nests here.