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Hi Dottydo

It’s lovely to hear you have a hog visiting there. Hogs often do clear up under bird feeders, but it isn’t ideal food for them. They would probably welcome either some hedgehog food, cat/dog food or cat/kitten biscuits, especially in this weather when earthworms, in particular are hard to find. One of the dry or semi-moist hedgehog foods might be best to try as the hogs have been eating bird food, as it is nearer in consistency to that. As Jan Marie says, water is very important for the hogs and best left available 24 hours a day. If you put large plant saucers on the ground that is ideal and the birds will probably make good use of the water too!

You mention that you’re having a wall built and it would be helpful for the hogs if you were able to leave hog sized holes (rougly CD sized) here and there. Even if it is an internal garden wall it will help them get around more easily, but if external even more important. If the builders have to do any clearing of vegetation before they begin, please make sure the area is checked very carefully for hogs before any tools are used. Many garden tools are capable of injuring hogs but mechanical ones especially so, and can and do injure and kill hogs, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Meanwhile, enjoy watching the hog and fingers crossed it is a female and she turns up with some hoglets!