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Hedgehog

Observed: 26th November 2010 By: pjh725
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
pjh725’s reputation in Mammals
Dec2010 004
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itsmeal's picture

Hedgehog

Should it not be hibernating in November?Especially in light of particularly cold weather

Alan Edwards

DavidHowdon's picture

Hibernation

My understanding is that few British mammals genuinely hibernate (in the sense of completely shutting down for the winter). On a warm day (even if it has generally been cold) things like hedgehogs do come out to forage for food.

itsmeal's picture

Hedgehog

Should it not be hibernating in November?Especially in light of particularly cold weather

Alan Edwards

the naturalist man's picture

Hedgehog hibernation

Hedgehogs only semi-hibernate, they sleep through the colder spells then come out for a short forage before going back to sleep. If a clod spell lasts too long then they are forced out to feed. As far as I'm aware they don't stray far on these winter foraging trips so it is likely this hedgehog has a nest close by.

This one looks healthy but if you are ever unsure then contact your local wildlife hospital - a local vet can tell you the contact details. They can advise you if it is unusual for hedgehogs to be out at a particular time in your area and if they are concerned they may come out to investigate or at least give advice on what to do.

My general advice though is unless a wild animal looks to be in great distress, leave it; 90% of the time it will sort itself out - this goes especially for baby animals in spring.

Graham Banwell

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