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Hedgehog sighting after sunrise – is there anything to be concerned about?

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    This morning, at 4:48am (just about sunrise) my trail cam captured footage of a hedgehog. It continued to capture footage until the last sighting at about 9:48am. The hedgehog was bustling about looking (to me) perfectly healthy and happy, scrabbling about in the plant debris and garden mulch and from time to time pulling up bits of plant stem and leaves and dragging them away – I couldn’t see how far it went but it kept coming back and going to and fro for all of this time. When I went to retrieve the SD card from the camera there was absolutely no sign that anything had been there so I was amazed to find so many clips when I came to review the footage. I had a good look around the garden area and could see no sign of a nest or of a hedgehog. I am a bit concerned (a) because it was out in the daylight and (b) because it is our front garden next to the road (although we are in a very quiet cul de sac at the end of a cul de sac). I have quite frequently seen a hedgehog in the back garden after dark but I do not put out food. Some of my neighbours have also reported seeing hedgehogs. if anybody has any comments on this I would be very grateful


    From your description of the activity this is almost certainly a female building a nest. They frequently build nests late into pregnancy and so are often seen during daylight hours.
    Also with nights being shorter hogs are often still active in the early mornings.
    As long as the hogs behaviour is purposeful I wouldn’t worry. Start putting out food and always have water and hopefully in a few weeks time you’ll see some babies
    If you see the hog acting lethargically then it will need help
    Mothers are also often up during daytime hours coming to feed while the babies are sleeping. Again if it’s being purposeful in it’s actions no need to worry



    Thank you – that is reassuring!

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