Hedgehogs and Hibernation
During the months of October through the April, hedgehogs (and other animals) may seem to disappear, but this is not the case, they go into hibernation. If we have a milder winter there is a high chance that you will see these spikey animals walking around in December! When they choose to go into hibernation depends on how mild the weather is.
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To survive the hibernation period, hedgehogs need to eat as much as they can during autumn. Natural sources of food such as caterpillars, beetles and worms are great for building up food fat reserves. During the colder months these are not always available which is why we offer carefully specialized hedgehog food. We have Hedgehog Biscuit, Hedgehog Biscuit Boost and Wildlife Treat. These foods have everything the hedgehogs need to keep up their fat resources to help them get through hibernation.
With a varity of food and mixes available for hedgehogs nowdays, it is so important not to give them too many mealworms! Our Hedgehog Biscuit Boost and Wildlife Treat have been made with the correct ratio of mealworms in each mix. These mixes should 𝗢𝗡𝗟𝗬 be given more as a 'treat' rather than to replace their natural diet. Too many mealworms can cause Metabolic Bone Disease. This disease can weaken bones, reduce their movement and also reduces nerve communication causes an increase risk of seizures. For all of these reasons, we suggest that the mealworms are only fed from time to time as a treat and in the correct ratio.
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A hedgehogs habitat tends to be made up of twigs and leaves when they make this themselves. Due to them becoming more common in urban areas, their habitat can be found in forms of compost heaps, garden sheds or even in stacks of logs. The hedgehog population in rural areas has halved since 2000 and are less comon in gardens now due to humans having perimeter fencing and are making gardens more secure which prevents them from getting around easiy. Did you know that hogs travel up to 1mile every night on the look out for food and a mate! Your secure gardens may be stopping them from doing this! Hedgehog highways are becoming more common, allowing hogs to get from garden to garden though fencing, meaning less likely that they would get accidently squashed on roads etc when on the hunt for food.
If you already have hedgehogs in your garden and are wanting something for them to hibernate in, we offer two different hedgehog houses. We have the stunning National Trust Wooden Hedgehog House, and a lovely Wicker Hedgehog House with lining on the inside for that extra bit of warmth. Both houses offer protection against wind and rain and make a cosy place to hibernate. You will then see the hedgehogs come back out to venture in March and will be ready to start eating again and getting prepared for the next hibernation in October.
Help your widlife stay safe!