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You might all be interested in one of last year’s ‘feeding’ discussions.

In particular, as well as mealworms, sunflower hearts and nuts do not have a particularly good ratio of phosphorous to calcium so not too good either.

If you are feeding a good quality hedgehog food, it should be nutritionally balanced already, so that there is no need to add anything else i.e. cooked or uncooked vegetables or pototoes/rice, suet pellets. These wouldn’t form any part of a hedgehogs natural diet. Just bear in mind that the food we put out for the hogs is meant to be supplementary, so already a treat for them. There is no need to add any extra ‘treats’. But we need the food we put out for the hogs to be good. They are likely to eat what they’re given, whether it’s good for them or not, so we don’t want them filling up on something that isn’t good for them at the expense of something which is.

I know we all want to do our best for the hogs, but sometimes best can be easiest i.e. hedgehog food or cat/dog food. No extras required.

And water, of course, all day, every day. A nursing mother or a dehydrated hog may come out in the day time and be desperate for a drink.

At the same time as considering food. Please everyone consider improving your garden for the hogs (there is always more we could do) as well as linking gardens. So much better for the hogs if there is enough habitat that they can find their own food.