Build a cosy hedgehog home, and encourage these prickly yet adorable creatures to rest, hibernate and
raise their hoglets in your garden.
It is estimated that there were over 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the 1950s. But recent estimates suggest there are less than a million left. That’s
such a tragedy, especially given that they’re the gardener’s friend, munching their way through pesky slugs.
You can make your hedgehog home when you like, but putting it in place during spring or summer
means it will be ready when they're house-hunting in autumn.
Food and fresh water will encourage hedgehogs to return. Leave out foods like tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog or cat biscuits. Specialist
hedgehog food is also recommended and can be bought from wildlife food suppliers.
Once your hedgehog home is in place, don’t worry if a hedgehog doesn’t move in right away – they are so scarce these
days that it may take time. And remember that you won't see any activity between October and March or April, when they’re hibernating.