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Oakmount Triangle Hedgehogs

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
A couple of months ago our neighbour Fabrice found three baby hedgehogs during the height of the summer drought.


We rang the rescue centre who told us that due to their weight (50 grams) they would die unless brought in immediately. Sadly one of them didn't make it, but we got a call two months later that the other two had done well and were named Baxter (now 700 grams) and Gemma (500 grams) and that we could pick them up and return them to their original locality.

We supplied them with homemade hedgehog houses and as advised we built a feeding station so that they can continue being fattened up for the winter (with dog food). The feeding station keeps cats out but allows hedgehogs in. As you can see in the video, Dusty that cat is kept out, but Baxter and Gemma are tucking in to the Royal Canin puppy food.

 
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JULI SPARROW

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Thank you for sharing the hedgehog news. We've had hedgehogs for years although not actively fed them. This year I resisted using slug pellets and some plants suffered, but there is evidence of empty snail shells so something must be eating them. We also put out low-level water throughout the summer. Many years ago we saw a badger in our garden.
 

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
One of the little ones was only 350 grams couple of weeks back. We were worried he/she might be too small to hibernate (supposed tube 450grams)\

But here's the good news

(Beware, this film may contain scenes of extreme cuteness)

 

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
All seem to have woken from hibernation, we have weighed and marked them and so far identified eight different hedgehogs turning up at the feeding station.

We don't know if they all live here or are just roaming the triangle and tell each other there is free food at no24.

We are learning a lot about these charming little creatures that aren't far off being endangered. It's useful, if possible, to allow them in and out of your back garden as they like to roam a large area and find mates they aren't too closely related to.

So removing a brick at the bottom of a garden wall is useful, as is making a hole so they can get through your side passage door.
 

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
Seems to be just after it's properly got dark, then all through the night.

Have you seen any? We have a spare night video camera we can lend you.
 

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
The hedgehog count is up to ten. Will be posting some video and photos soon.

NB: it's very useful to make "hedgehog highways" - ie some way to allow them access from the front to back, and from one garden to another as they need to roam (they can do several miles a night)

 

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
Other things seem to be after the hedgehogs' tea



 
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