Hoglets in my wildlife garden feeding

July 18, 2015

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

Noisey Hedgehog courtship ritual and hoglets!

Hedgehogs have been visiting my garden since April. After having the opportunity to film 2 hedgehogs feeding together in late May, I was even more fortunate to go outside later and hear the courtship ritual and then saw the smaller male circling around the female, nudging her every so often, as they trampled all over my wildflowers! A ‘rasping, grunting’ noise comes in almost continuous bouts. The female made it unmolested to the hedgehog hole in the fence.

Hedgehog friendly fence panel allows free movement from garden to garden

Hedgehog friendly fence panel allows free movement from garden to garden

He followed eagerly. The noise continued into my neighbour’s garden. After 20 minutes or so I decided to go to bed it was well past midnight!

Juvenile white spikes on hoglet Nurturing Nature

Four hedgehogs feeding

For the past few nights beside two large hedgehogs feeding together, a pair of much smaller hoglets follow on shortly afterwards. A few of their white spines, now lessening in numbers, are just still visible. The one on the right is much smaller than the other. Are they the result of the meeting of the hedgehogs in May? Probably!

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! 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

 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Marian July 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

I’m So envious!!!….lovely to hear them chomping on their muesli. Well done George giving us such a delightful sighting of these gorgeous creatures.

Marian

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Helen Gazeley July 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

Lovely. I’m green with envy too. Sadly one of the fences around our garden has a concrete base with no holes, so our chances of getting them in our garden are reduced.

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nurturingnature July 21, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Aw! Replace it with a recycled plastic one Helen. Thats what I did! It works beautifully! Nice to hear from you! Cheers, George

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Elaine Hutchings July 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

Your delicious ‘oat cuisine’ seems to be a hoglet hit.

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nurturingnature July 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Its so tempting Elaine, I could nearly eat it myself!! Indeed I do but separately!! Without the crunchy mealworms though!Cheers, George

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Michael Pilkington July 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Well thought out Bro !!!!
Cheers
Mike

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