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Daytime hedgehog

Observed: 22nd October 2008 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
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A family of hedgehogs living in the heap of twigs, grass etc at the bottom of our old garden had two broods, one very late. One of these appeared during the daytime as temperatures fell (and was fed/watered but appeared healthy) and several were fed until well into the winter before hibernating.

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Hedgehog

Did you see any hedgehogs this spring? Have you any idea if they survived the winter?

Graham Banwell

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Hedgehog survival

Yes, despite the cold conditions there were hedgehogs in the spring just post-emergence, including what appeared to be an adult pair as far as I could tell. There had been regular, almost nightly, visits by a pair outside the hibernation period in 2007 & 2008 so these were assumed to be the parents of young in the garden. In both years there were two litters i.e. two groups of young animals seen feeding. In all cases the litters appeared to number around 4 (i.e. up to 4 were seen at once). In both years the second litter was late, so the young were still well below hibernation weight once winter started and were fed very thoroughly - it would have been interesting in retrospect to take a series of photos as a sort of time-lapse to watch the increase in size - having acquired a night-vision scope it was easier to watch without causing disturbance. We had a large 'hedgehog pile' of tangled vegetation/ scrap wood in the bottom of the garden where we assume they nested - certainly there was at least one entrance/exit of the right size (not made by us) with a well-trampled path leading from it. Having now moved, we'll need to work on getting the new (rather sterile) garden good and bosky!

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Hedgehog survival

Thanks for the response, its good to know there are considerate people like yourself out there. Good luck 'wildlifeing' your new garden.

Graham Banwell

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Wildlifing the garden

One of the first jobs when unpacking was putting the bird-feeders up - already getting a reasonable range of species - particularly good flocks of goldfinches (numerous in local woods) and house sparrows. Enough to attract a sparrowhawk too... next job, digging a sizeable garden pond. Found a long-winged conehead in the one tiny scruffy patch too just after moving in - in the south, not the rarity they used to be.