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The reason I asked is because they often do look as if they are being rather grumpy leading up to a courtship dance – jiggling on their legs and huffing, for all the world as if they were totally outraged. They sometimes even biff the male in the side, almost as if to say, I am here – pay me some attention! I have two visitors here who were overwintered at the local wildlife hospital. They, too indulge in a bit of huffing, etc. when boys are around. I have seen them both doing the courtship dance with the males, but a lot of the boys just don’t take any notice. I think they may still be a bit young to breed, and perhaps the older boys realise that so don’t waste their energy.
I too am hoping the hedgehog population is about to, or has already, increased. One of the regular girl visitors has just returned after a two week absence and another has gone missing.