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Should I keep feeding hedgehogs over winter?

14th October 2019

It’s great to hear that so many fantastic Hedgehog Champions have been leaving food in the garden for local hedgehogs. Supplementary food and water is a valuable resource for wild hedgehogs.

With the cold winter approaching, hedgehogs are fattening up for hibernation by eating plenty of food. During the autumn, it’s therefore best to put food and water out continually.

Photo by Grahame Ritchie

But should food continue to be left out over winter?

The answer is YES… as long as it’s being eaten. It’s difficult to tell exactly when hedgehogs will begin hibernation, so when you start to see that food is not being taken, you can stop putting so much out and eventually stop altogether.

Hedgehogs do sometimes wake up from hibernation in response to milder weather. If you notice any particularly mild periods over winter, you could put a little food back out to help them along.