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Hi Chippyd

Maybe a bit of thick carpet in the shed – if she is nesting underneath it!

It’s unlikely, but just possible that it’s the same hog. Extract from Hedgehogs by Pat Morris:
” … Once a hedgehog has left it’s mother’s nest, it’s average life expectancy is about two years. Four hedgehogs in a thousand might reach 7 years old, and one in 10,000 could live to be 10. … ”

The really dangerous time for hogs is when they are tiny when apparently 1 in 5 are likely to die before becoming independant and only about half survive until they are a year old. So you can see how really precious each hedgehog is.

Remember to leave some water out in your garden 24 hours a day in case hog mum gets thirsty during the day. Always a good precaution, even if you don’t have a nesting hog. Dehydrated hogs may venture out during the day, and a source of water could be a life-saver.

Good luck – keep us posted.