I think it is best to trust your instincts on this and, if you spot visiting hedgehogs after dark, continue putting food out for them. We have had a really successful year with hedgehogs in our garden in north Birmingham. After more than 20 years of having never seen any, we spotted one in May and started feeding. After that, we saw a couple more adults and were delighted when two litters were born. We counted eight hedgehogs munching away on food we had put out one night, although the average has been about five per night. The second litter were born late (we estimate late September to early October) and so we have continued to feed, water and installed a number of hedgehog houses beneath the shrubs. One or two hedgehogs were still visiting in late November, though thankfully now all appear to be hibernating. All were a good size, which we attribute to our nightly feeding and also our kind neighbours, who have been doing the same.
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