3 hedgehogs feeding together in my Nurturing Nature wildlife garden

July 29, 2015

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Gardening For Wildlife, Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs feasting in my wildlife garden!

Hedgehogs have been visiting my garden since April. There were 2 adults followed by 2 hoglets later in the year. In the video, you will see how much the hoglets have increased in size.

Aug. 10. Not seen the 3 feeding together again since I filmed them, probably went their separate ways, although still having hedgehogs feeding but separately now.

3 hedgehogs feeding in wildlife garden Nurturing nature

2 larger adults have been feeing together then followed by 2 smaller hoglets. I have not seen all 4 together, but did see 3 together, possibly mother and her hoglets, who have increasingly been visiting together without any adult. I have watched some of them drinking from my pond before their feast, especially after a day of hot weather. On duller days they tend to go straight to the food. Increasingly the hoglets will become independent and break away from their mother and eachother.

My hedgehog feeding station, designed to make life difficult for cats to enter, would be too small for these 3 large hogs now!!

Why use an organic food mix?

Many people use cat food, dog food or mince to attract hedgehogs. It simply attracts cats in my garden. My hedgehog food recipe is a mixture of organic ingredients: muesli, peanut butter, rape seed cooking oil, mixed with sunflower hearts and dried mealworms all soaked in hot water and mixed. Very easy and cheap to make, fresh every night. It smells lovely!! Organic food standards do not permit any hydrogenated fats, or unsustainable palm oils both of which can be found in peanut butter or cooking oils. My conscience is clear! Looks like they are thriving on it. They absolutely love it. Cats don’t!!

You can see David Attenborough’s film Hedgehog mating rituals- Life of Mammals here

Some useful advice Caring for hoglets

More information from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Make your garden hedgehog friendly with useful tips from Hedgehog Street

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Marian July 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

So very envious!!!
Marian

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nurturingnature July 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

Well Marian, I would dearly love to make you even more envious as I do have 4 hogs.. but I doubt I will get them on film feeding together!! Cheers for now, George

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sandra September 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I have tried to create a wildlife garden, I must be doing ok as I now have 3 hedgehogs visit my garden even though I have a cat. I have put in a pond with a sloping edge , but I must say your pond looks amazing, it is also helpful to see the video on the mosquitoes as I have them in my pond. I have struggled with the edging bit of the pond, as I read not to put stones around the edges because in hot weather the tadpoles can get stuck to them, so I have yet to finish the surrounding of the pond, yet you do have small stones around yours, so I am a bit confused what to do. Sandra

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nurturingnature September 19, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Hi Sandra, watch this space re my pond. I am not satisfied with the edging and will be doing something different to it soon. Cheers, George

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sandra October 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Hi George, I am just giving an update as I asked you a while back about the Ivy my neighbours had cut back and you said it would grow back. Well it has and its been a real treat , yesterday there were 2 red admiral butterflies lots of bees , wasps and fly feeding on the flowers. I still have my hedgehog , I only see one at a time. I have had my first catterpillers in the garden after planting this summer Francis e lester , the rose has now got lots of rosehips. I have had hoverflys visiting the pond in the summer and also I have seen just the once a dragon fly or something similar land on one of the grasses surrounding it. I. have had a few ladybirds in the last few days in the garden, it is amazing in a city garden what arrives when you plant for wildlife, its been a joy. Sandra

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nurturingnature October 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

As the RSPB say Sandra, give wildlife a home and it will come. Your garden sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing, George

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Marian October 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Hi George

Have rescued a very small hog, had it for over a week now, safely tucked away in an area where no cats can enter, in a box stuffed with lots of straw and leaves, it can easily get out to feast which its doing rather a lot!! Very reluctant to release as it’s quite small its not making any attempt to get out. The nights here are getting quite cold. I feel hibernation for this little hog would be better and safer if I kept it in these surroundings over winter. What do you think??
Marian

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nurturingnature October 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Hi Marian, I would get fat and feed and feed it. You may be able to tempt it to hibernate though it will need to gain weight for it to survive hibernation.Download this leaflet and keep me posted please. Cheers, George http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/leaflets/L15-Autumn-Juveniles.pdf

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Marian October 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

Hi george. Have read the hog article and will overwinter the hog we have adopted. I believe ideal weight should be 650grms. This one is below that. Taking food regularly. Enjoys your suggested food mix, empty dish in the mornings! But….I would have loved to see its antics last night!! We put a thick large basket on its side full of dry horse chestnut leaves. Looked this morning expecting it to be tucked up inside, but nearly every leaf removed and it’s built itself a covering in the corner of the area where we are keeping it. I will point out that this is a safe covered area and has a half stable type doorway. No cats can enter. This little hog has a good appetite pleased to report.
I will keep you posted. Regards as always Marian

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nurturingnature October 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Maria, get some hay its easier for them to manage. Straw is not as good but better than nothing. Had several successes with attracting hogs to hibernate 🙂 Cheers for now, George

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