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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Will they be ok for winter? Reply To: Will they be ok for winter?

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Hi Olkasparis

I’m pleased to hear you have a hedgehog visiting. The thing to remember about hedgehogs is that they have been around for millions of years, long before we humans ever thought of, or even needed to help them. The hedgehog will be much happier and healthier if it is left in the wild, as it should be. You say you have two hedgehog houses. I am assuming they are outside in your garden and a hedgehog may choose to hibernate in one of them. It would be far too warm in a human house for them and taking one indoors is definitely not something you should do.

They actually need to be fairly cold to hibernate and they build their nests in such a way that they are well insulated so that the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much. You can help them by leaving lots of materials around which they can build their nests with, such as leaves, grasses or dried mosses. They usually like to build their nests themselves and if you ever see one, you will realise that they are far better at it than we could ever be.

Maybe, if you’re lucky, the hedgehog will choose to hibernate in your garden. Good luck.