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Hedgehog behaviours

Thanks for taking part in our camera trap survey. Here is an explanation of all the behaviour listed in the survey to help you better understand what you have seen your hedgehogs do.

Fighting/aggression – this can vary from pushing and shoving, to biting. Click here for video example.


Swimming – hedgehogs love to swim, but can’t always get out easily. Click here for video example.


Courting/mating – this can be hedgehogs circling one another on the lawn (courting) or mounting one another (mating). Click here for video example.


Sleeping or resting – basically stationary hedgehogs either in the nest or outside.
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Nesting/gathering leaves – this is if you see a hedgehog with a mouthful of leaves, or if your hedgehog is actively snuffling around the nest rearranging things.
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Nursing/caring for hoglets – this can be a mother with newborns drinking her milk, or if mother is carrying them or doing activities with the hoglets i.e. feeding. Click here for video example.


Feeding/drinking – any kind of interaction with your feeding station will also count. Click here for video example.


Self-anointing or grooming – includes scratching. Self-anointing is when hedgehogs create spit/froth and cover themselves. We do not yet know why they do this. Click here for video example.


Walking or running – this is basically hedgehogs on the move, but for no obvious objective other than to get from A to B. Click here for video example.


Good luck with the rest of the survey.

Credit: Sam Wilkinson, hedgehog Champion
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