Hedgehogs - Hogwatch

Hedgehogs

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Here are some interesting facts about hedgehogs, the only spiny mammals in the UK

  • They live 2-3 years in the wild if they survive their first year
  • Hedgehogs are nocturnal – they forage for food at dusk and in the night
  • They prefer woodland edges, hedgerows, gardens and parks
  • Moorlands, conifer forests and intensively farmed arable areas do not provide suitable habitats.
  • Hedgehogs hibernate and remain dormant within nests in leaves or semi-underground from late October to late March/early April.
  • Mating occurs after hibernation and four to five young are born in late spring to early autumn.
  • They eat mainly beetles, worms, caterpillars and slugs and almost anything they can catch, but little plant material
  • They sometimes eat the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds though rarely in large numbers
  • Late born young, under 1lb in weight, rarely survive winter months as they don’t have enough fat reserves.