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    ‘Our’ hedgehog made it’s first appearance this year on our webcam in our hedgehog house In Oundle Northants on the 20th. Had all the food we had put out then left, not seen since, perhaps went back to bed.

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    Hi the dakingfamily

    Sorry no-one replied sooner. Hopefully the hog has returned by now? Or a hog at least.

    When they first come back, they may want ot spend a bit of time re-exploring their ranges, so may not visit every night. As the females begin to return, visits might become more regular. Fingers crossed!


    I have four hedgehogs in my garden who visit my “hotel” every evening – I have a large hedgehog house over a smaller one which also contains a feeding station – two large hogs and another large one with a baby

    Temperature dropped so low yesterday evening two of them went into false hybernation in unprotected areas of the garden – I was out in my dressing gown at 11pm with a torch and picked them both up and places into the hotel where it’s warmer – gave them plenty of food and water – hope they are ok – hope the mum and baby found somewhere warm to sleep

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    Hi DLStuart

    It’s good to hear you have some hogs there. Not sure what you mean by false hibernation, but the hogs normally aren’t too troubled by the cold, although they may roll up somewhere for a nap during the course of the night. It’s best really to leave them where they are. They will find somewhere more sheltered if they want to. But hopefully the others will be o.k.

    Hogs which have chosen not to hibernate will continue to visit feeding stations all through the winter even when it is very cold – the ones who have done that here have only been deterred from visiting, briefly, when it has snowed too deeply for them.

    Ideally, it’s best to keep feeding areas away from nesting areas – especially if you are hoping that a hog might use a hog house for a birthing nest. The food could attract predators, and a female might not like having lots of rowdy visitors too near to her youngsters! That may, of course depend a bit on how much space you have.

    Good luck with the hogs. I hope they all do well. Happy hog watching!

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