Hedgehog Street in Duxford

St John’s Street is becoming more populated – with hedgehogs!  We  re-homed many hedgehogs, 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!

hedgehog-care leaflet

The following websites will give you lots more information.

Hedgehog Street

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