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Hedgehog in our garden

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    We seem to have a little spiky friend that has made a home I believe in our compost heap. We saw him last week and again when our dog needed a wee at 3am they met each other in the garden. I’ve put down a few plates of water and did put some wet dog biscuits down. Is there anything else I should be doing.

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    Nic

    Hi VanTreyken

    How lovely that you have a hedgehog in your garden!

    I’m not sure what the dog biscuits are like, but you could also try leaving a bit of wet dog or cat food or cat/kitten biscuits.

    Well done offering some water. It’s best to leave some water available all day every day. You never know when a thirsty hog may turn up, even during the day, especially in the dry weather we’ve had. Wide but shallow plant saucers are ideal and the birds might welcome them during the day, too.

    Try to make sure that your dog doesn’t try to pick up a hog – for the benefit of both of them. Dogs can easily leave puncture marks in hogs (even if they only held them for a very short time) which are difficult to see, but can become infected. But a dog’s mouth can also be injured by those hog prickles.

    You might want to consider installing a hog house at some stage. There are various shapes and sizes. https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/hedgehog-homes/

    Also trying to make your garden more wildlife friendly is good for the hogs as well as other wildlife. I’ll put a link in the next post. (the Forum sometimes doesn’t like more than one link per post).

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    Nic

    Helpful garden features

    There are lots more tips and information – if you go to ‘Help Hedgehogs’ at the top of this page and then go to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

    Good luck and happy hog watching.

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