Hedgehogs After Dark: Sleeping and resting
13th July 2020
It’s the tenth week of Hedgehogs After Dark and we’re looking at our final hedgehog behaviour. It’s another one that hasn’t been widely reported, because hedgehogs are hidden away safely when they’re doing it – sleeping!
Hedgehogs are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and are active at night. They also make sure to hide themselves away in their nest when they’re resting, to avoid disturbance and predation. For these reasons, sleeping and resting aren’t behaviours we’re likely to see a lot in the garden! Those with a wildlife camera in a nest box have the best chance of actually seeing this behaviour (you can find camera recommendations here if you’re thinking about purchasing one).
If you notice a hedgehog appearing to sleep or rest out in the open, there may be something wrong and it’s a good idea to seek advice.