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Making nest but leaving every morning

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    We’ve had a couple of regulars all summer and have a selection of houses, shelters etc. One of the hogs has been coming every night and slowly filling one of the houses with dead leaves, grass, twigs etc (mostly bits I gather up and leave for him). He’ll often spend time in the house during the night sleeping then will come out for a potter about and have some food and water. He’ll spend most of the night in our garden and using the B&B facilities, then will leave at 5am (you can almost set a clock by his activity). I just wondered, is this normal behaviour for a hedgehog to appear to be building a winter nest, but then leave it every day? We’ve had hedgehogs in the garden for years but they normally just mooch around for food, have a drink then go on to the next place. We’ve never had one consistently spend so much time in the garden overnight, show signs of building a home, then leave it every morning. Its definitely the same hog, we’ve been monitoring closely with a wildlife camera.

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    Hi Navara

    He could be planning on using it for hibernation later, or it may be a practice nest, various possibilities. But sounds similar to what one here did. He napped in the nest on and off during the nights but mostly went of somewhere else for the day. Although he did occasionally spend the day there – but that was in the winter – he didn’t hibernate. But they do apparently sometimes change nests during hibernation.

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