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Finding a nest?

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    Last week, I saw 2 hedgehogs in the back garden. We put out some turkey cat food and they had a nibble. Came back a couple days later again, having a drink from the water bowl we out out. I’ve ordered a hedgehog house for one or more to set up in, but ham conflicted because I wanted to do some clearance in my garden. I’m more than happy to leave some parts wild, but I need to have a couple dead conifers removed. What’s the best way of checking to see if their nest is in the overgrown disaster that is the corner of my garden?

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    Hi ArchaeoKae

    If the work has to be done, all you can really do is check very carefully beforehand or as you go along and if you find signs of a nest leave the area around it until you are sure that the hedgehogs have moved out. You shouldn’t disturb the actual nest to see what’s inside because a Mother hedgehog might desert or kill her offspring if they are still very young and she is disturbed. If you think a Mother hedgehog has deserted her young or if you see very tiny hedgehogs nearby on their own, you will need to take advice from a hedgehog rehabilitator. You can get the number of your nearest one by ringing BHPS on 01584 890801.

    You might like to speak to a rehabilitator in advance – they may be able to give you more comprehensive guidance. Better to to be safe than sorry.

    Good luck.

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