This is a rather off topic post compared with my regular beauty and fashion postings but I wanted to share something which has put a massive smile on my face the past few days.
My mum is a keen gardener and thought there was some rubbish under our hedges, which turned out to be a hedgehog nest. As soon as she saw the hedgehog she immediately pushed the nest back into place and left it alone.
My elderly neighbours called on Friday to say that the hedgehog from our garden was in their garage so I put some gloves on and lifted it back into our garden. I then put out some cat food and to my amazement it sat and ate it in front of me. It then toddled back off into the bushes.
We put food out last night next to where we had seen the nest and at about 9pm we saw the hedgehog eating, the next thing we knew there were three eating- two little hoglets. They seemed to be the size of large oranges and then went into their nest. A few minutes later an even smaller hoglet appeared and began munching away.
I have spent about half on hour lying flat on the grass this evening watching them again. It is a really wonderful sight to behold.
I started doing some basic research and figures suggest hedgehogs have decreased in number by 25% over the last 10years. If you have a garden please put out fresh water every day as it is difficult for the hedgehogs to find water in this weather. Especially if it is warm. They will eat beetles, worms, slugs and caterpillars, but if you know you have garden visitors why not provide some dry cat food? It really is a sight to behold when they are enjoying their food and they are such noisy eaters!
This evening we think one of the hoglets went walkies as we seen the mum escorting it back to the nest, stopping every few seconds to ensure baby was still present. They must be less than 6-8 weeks as at this point they go off on their own and I learned that hedgehogs will do what they can to avoid other hedgehogs and live alone.
Please don’t use pellets and pesticides in your garden- this will harm hedgehogs and there really isn’t any need if you have one of these little critters as they will eat them anyway.
I hope you like the pictures! Call the hedgehog society if you are worried about a hedgehog; especially if you see them out during the daytime. 01584 890801 follow on Twitter @hedgehogsociety.
Do any of you have any visitors to your gardens?