Coming home from a run this evening, Jules spotted a new visitor to our driveway...a beautiful, healthy sized hedgehog. Bertie our three year old terrier, lurcher cross immediately began a thorough sniffing inspection..albeit from a very safe distance! The new visitor approved, we gently transferred him to the leafy, wildlife spot in our garden in the hope that he will find it comfy and stay a while.
This got us thinking about how best to take care of these prickly visitors.
Hedgehogs are a very welcome addition to the garden as they eat all manner of pests such as beetles, caterpillers slugs and snails.
Caring for Hedgehogs
Keeping Hedgehogs Safe
- Garden Ponds & Swimming Pools
- Cattle & Sheep Grids
- Slug Pellets
- British hedgehogs are found throughout Europe
- Survive well in urban habitats
- One of the earliest printed references to hedgehogs was by Shakespeare in 'The Tempest’ and ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ when he refers to ‘hedgepigs’ & ‘urchins’
- A hedgehog’s back and sides are covered in 25 mm (1”) long spines (which are really modified hairs). These are absent from the face, chest, belly, throat and legs which are covered with a coarse, grey-brown fur. There are approximately 5,000/7,000 spines on an average adult hedgehog. What many people do not know is that a hedgehog has a small tail
Charities to Support Hedgehogs
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Beatrix Potter's Mrs Tiggiwinkle is perhaps the most famous and best loved of all hedgehog characters.
Sonic the Hedgehog