This month's blog comes from my good friend Hester the Hedgehog at ECDCWatch! See what she has to say below.
After a nice long sleep over the winter, it’s nearly time for me and my hedgehog friends to come out of hibernation! With the temperatures taking their time to warm up, we need some help to prepare for the breeding season. Read my top tips on how to help my fellow friends at this time of year.
- Leave us out some tasty treats
Getting back into the swing of things after those cold Winter nights can be really difficult, especially when we’re hungry! We love eating creepy crawlies but when we can’t find any, we love to eat meaty cat and dog food. We’ll be able to smell our way to it so make sure to leave out a little plate of food for us.
- Make us some cosy hedgehog houses
We love to get cosy in big piles of leaves and logs. So if you’re going to rake up all of those old leaves at the bottom of the garden, making a pile somewhere out of the way (eg. next to a fence) will be a perfect place for us to crawl into.
- Make a small opening or hole in the fence
Whether it’s to find food or to find one of our friends, most hedgehogs will walk at least one mile every night! When we come across barriers and fences without an opening, we find it difficult to get where we want to go. Making sure there is a gap at the bottom of a fence or a barrier means we can roam around freely! These are called hedgehog highways. But please make sure you let your neighbour know your intentions!
- Put a bowl of water out
We wont just be hungry after all those months of hibernating, we’ll be really thirsty too! If you have a spare little bowl, leaving us out some water will help us stay hydrated! But please make sure it’s a shallow bowl as we only have little legs for climbing.
- Check compost heaps and grass before moving or mowing
What we think is a warm place to rest might be what you want to throw into the compost bin! If you’re planning on forking over your compost heap or mowing your grass, please check before you do to make sure we’re not sleeping in there!
- Call for help if you see an injured hedgehog
Sometimes we get into prickly situations and end up hurt. If you find an injured hedgehog and can take it to your local vets, make sure to put gloves on and find a warm and cosy box for me to rest in on the way. Find out more about helping an injured hedgehog here.
With your help we can make sure all of us hedgehogs thrive this year and welcome lots of baby hoglets! For more information about hedgehogs and how to help us, visit the RSPCA website.