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Hi Nic & Aggie

I have lurked here for many years and have really enjoyed reading about everybody’s prickly visitors. I am an avid hedgehog watcher and feeder too!

I have been prompted to register in order to support the use of a Hogilo as a feeding station. There is absolutely no difference between lifting a whole Hogilo up and moving a brick/un-clipping a lid off an under-bed storage box. I feed hedgehogs in the middle of my lawn due to an occasional rodent problem (the latter don’t like venturing into the middle of my lawn I find). A Hogilo type feeding station allows me to easily move it to a ‘clean’ piece of grass and furthermore, it means I don’t end up with scorched grass through the usually clear plastic nor yellowed grass. I am always amazed at my visitors’ ability to find the new position straight off – it’s generally only a yard or so.

I watch my hedgehogs off my house security cameras so I get a grandstand view. There were two separate visits last night, a total of 56 minutes was spent inside the feeding station and 2 hours 14 minutes foraging in the garden. It’s a good job I can watch back at 16 times speed.

I have always used this type of feeding station rather than a wooden/plastic box which requires cleaning. If the grass needs cleaning, easily dealt with by a hose/in the dog poop bin. I wouldn’t though use one for a hibernating home as I would be concerned that it was potentially causing a hedgehog to hibernate on a damp surface.

Happy hog watching!
Kippy Ben