St John’s Street is becoming more populated – with hedgehogs! We re-homed 7 hedgehogs in 2016, releasing them after a stay in Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.
If you want to encourage hedgehogs to come to your garden, you need to have – first and foremost – a clear passage into adjacent gardens. This can be a simple hole cut in the fence, or a gap under a gate – hedgehogs can roam up to 2 miles a night. Never use slug pellets and keep some ‘wild and messy’ areas, with shrubbery for them to hide in and provide safe access to water. If you have a pond, make sure there is a sloping edge for them to get out if they fall in.
If you want to leave food out for them, try dried cat food, a few meal worms (not too many, they love them but too many are bad for them), and plain water – NEVER give them milk or bread – both are impossible for them to digest and may harm them.
ALWAYS CHECK BONFIRES BEFORE LIGHTING AND LIGHT ONLY ONE SIDE, LEAVING AN ESCAPE ROUTE!
The following websites will give you lots more information.