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    I have hedgehogs visiting regularly. I have left areas of my moderately sized garden wild with log/branch and leaf piles. Also I have a hog house which up until recently has been regularly used as a sleeping den (it has a mixture of straw and dry leaves inside and I do occasionally clean it out between visits!)
    Also nearby is a feeding station -I also scatter a mixture of Arks hedgehog food/ cat biscuits around the garden.
    Hedgehogs are still visiting the garden (I have a wild life camera to keep and eye out) but for some reason have not used the house or feeding station for the last 3-4 weeks. Any ideas as to why?

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    Hi Wildone

    I have noticed your post hasn’t been answered for ages. It may be because it is in the Carers section and I am not sure everyone looks there. It might be better to put it in ‘Champion’s Chat’ or ‘Hedgehog Signs and Sightings’ another time – you might get a speedier response! There tends to be more activity there.

    It sounds as if you are doing all the right things for the hogs with wood/leaf piles etc. Hogs do tend to move their sleeping place from time to time. But, maybe you are being a bit too houseproud? Or perhaps they just wanted a change. You might like to check out

    It may be that the hogs are finding enough food away from your feeding area, both wild and what you are scattering around. The main thing is that they are still visiting your garden. If they are finding plenty of wild food, that is brilliant – that is what they need, more than being fed. They do seem to like being unpredictable so are just as likely to turn up at the feeding station again one night.


    My husband has built 2 hedgehog houses as we have 2 hedgehogs in our garden for months. I have put hay in both and feed them every night. They go in and out of both houses from around 7 until 4am but then go back to where they are nesting, unfortunately in a wood pile that we need to get rid of. Will they eventually hibernate in the houses or is there anything I can do to encourage them to stay ?

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