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I’ve been told by a foster carer, who helps to run a really good hog rescue centre – that this is totally normal for this time of year – I think they like to go and explore, find a mate for the night, and they don’t seem to stay in their summer nests for too long, a couple of nights and then off.
It’s around September and October, where they come back (so I’ve been told). Last year, for me, it seemed a lot busier in my garden – might have been because I’d first started to feed them, and perhaps this was a new opportunity for them – perhaps as they know it’s there constantly, they aren’t so worried about coming back each night.
However, it’s starting to get slightly busier – for me it was fairly busy in March, when we had that drought, and when they came out of hibernation, then it’s tailed off – but I think they will be back.
I cleaned out my two houses in April, and beginning of May, and since then no occupants, even though I haven’t moved them, and I used no cleaning products. so I’m hoping they might be viewing them as winter nests, and hope that they will be used later on.