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Do hedgehogs follow old routes ?

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    Just wondering as on the map of my location, there appears to be a pattern of sighting which follow and old pathway from the farmers fields to the mill on the hill. The pathway used to cross the bottom of my garden, and although no longer there, it is where the hedgehogs aim for and then sneak through the fence in the same direction. The old path to the mill was used as far back as the 1800’s and now crosses a main road, and houses have been built all along, but never the less the sightings still connect from the farmland to the hill with the once mill. Could this be coincidence or an ancient hedgehog track ?


    Hi Puddle Duck

    That’s lovely. It would be nice to think hedgehogs had been using ancient pathways! But I can’t see why they wouldn’t have.

    I know that the hogs which visit me nearly always come along the path. It always makes me laugh that they seem to prefer that to walking up the lawn (which would be a slightly shorter distance). But to them it must just be an easy route to get around. So that may have been the case there, too. A bit unfortunate that it crosses the road, though.

    But hogs may be following the scent of other hedgehogs, so that multiple hedghogs could be using the same route at different times and that could have been something that has gone on for a very long time. I have a feeling there were a great many more hedgehogs around in the 1800s. But, I have been told that someone who walks their dog at night along old trackways often sees hedgehogs.

    The sightings on the map could just be because that’s where the people were to see the hogs, but even so, the hogs could have been using that route.

    There’s no way of knowing for sure, but it’s a nice thought.


    Thank you for your speedy reply, Nic. As you say, there is no way of knowing. I have had 4 coming through my garden and feeding at the same time last year. This year I have only seen 2 together and it’s difficult to tell if they are the same ones. Quite a number of people were feeding them in the wider area last year, so hopefully these delightful little creatures will continue to do well.

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