…and anyone else who may be wondering how the hedgehogs are getting on in my garden. During the summer months they are rather hidden from view with the foliage of my plants – if they are out and about during daylight hours. I would love to see one during the day but alas I have not. I have never seen any young hoglets either even at night but once again the foliage would act as great cover for them.
It is later on in the evenings I can get glimpses of any hedgehog visitors to my garden. On warm nights I don’t see them much at all but colder nights are much better. I don’t set up my night camera every night as it does need me to sit and watch the screen on my PC – I don’t use motion captures. I like to see these visits real time. For me, that’s the fun part of watching wildlife in the garden – especially with the night visitors and the action inside a Nestbox.
Two nights ago I caught the following hedgehog visits to my garden. I tend to set up my night camera on a tripod positioning it with food in view. The film below shows a dish I put out in the open along a wall edge – I have noticed hedgehogs like to follow edges. The dish had crushed peanuts and fresh water from my water barrel. I also scattered some peanuts along the crack of the paving for any that were running past. Of course the hedgehog doesn’t always get in the middle of the screen!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.
Foraging everywhere in the garden you will find the woodpigeon. I know this bird can be a pest but it is also very entertaining to watch as you will see in this next capture. My night camera was still sitting out one morning after watching the hedgehog. Some strange noises were heard outside my window. They were coming from my hedgehog feeding box which has an entrance hole of 13cm x 13cm…
Well, there you go you just never know what you’ll capture with a camera outside in the garden!
The photo of the hedgehog drinking water and video of the hedgehogs eating peanuts were taken on October 7th 2008.