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    Hi there, I’m new to Hedgehogstreet. I wonder if any of you may be able to answer a question I have.
    I have a resident Hedgy in my garden. She has reared one baby who is living in the Hedgehog house. Mama Hedgy has decided to sleep in our, take to the tip, pile of junk. In the corner of our patio. We can’t take it to the tip now. My Q’ is, is it likely she will find somewhere better as the temperature starts to cool? She wouldn’t be able to hibernate in this little pile.
    Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    Hi Sammie1

    Welcome to the Forum!

    Hogs do normally build special nests for hibernation, called hibernacula. They would normally not be the same place they may have spent days or even given birth during the warmer months. They move nests (sometimes even during hibernation time) not least to minimise the problems with external parasites. Having said that, some hogs can be quite perverse so there is no guarantee. She could decide to build her hibernaculum in or around your pile of ‘junk’.

    If possible, one solution might be another hog house! That might encourage her out of the ‘junk’ pile and into a new ‘des res’.

    Good luck and happy hog watching!

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